Public Spaces Protection Order

Page updated on: 02/10/2020

In order to address alcohol-related crime, nuisance and disorder in parts of Llanelli Town Centre, we have introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in an area of the town under Section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. A map of the area covered is below and signs have been installed in the locality. The Order came into force on 1 October 2020 and will remain in place for three years.

The PSPO will be regularly reviewed and has been introduced following analysis of reported alcohol-related crime and disorder incidents and consultation with key stakeholders.

The Order gives police officers and Police Community Support Officers additional powers where they believe that a person is, or has been, consuming alcohol in the designated area of the town centre or intends to consume alcohol in this area.

While the PSPO prohibits the consumption of alcohol on the land to which it applies, it is not an offence to drink alcohol in the designated area. Enforcement of the Order is a discretionary power and will be used to tackle anti-social drinking. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request made by the police to cease drinking or surrender alcohol, without reasonable excuse. Failure to comply with such requests will amount to a breach of the Order and individuals may be arrested which can result in a fine of up to £500.

The Order does not apply to public places where the sale and consumption of alcohol is authorised under other legislation, for example in clubs and licensed premises.

Please contact Kate Harrop, Community Safety Manager, if you have any queries