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Anti-social behaviour in the East Dorset area

Dorset Council recognise that Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) can have a negative impact on the quality of life to both residents and visitors in the area. We are committed to working in partnership with residents and agencies to ensure a positive approach is taken to tackle and not tolerate issues of concern.

The Community Safety Team works to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Reports of ASB to the Community Safety team will be assessed to determine if it is something we have the power to deal with.

Unfortunately there may be some incidents which might be perceived as anti-social but the council does not have the powers to deal with it. In these cases the complainant will be given details of other services or agencies that may be able to offer help and support.

The Council, Police, Housing Providers, Family Partnership Zones, Fire Service and other key agencies meet regularly to discuss issues of anti-social behaviour and wider community safety issues.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss issues relating to anti-social behaviour you should contact us. 

Who else can help

Dorset Police - East Dorset

Sovereign Housing

Aster Housing

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in the East Dorset area

PSPOs were introduced in October 2014 by the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area (a public space) that is detrimental to the local community's quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone.

A PSPO can cover multiple restrictions, so one order can prohibit several activities such as the drinking of alcohol and dog fouling. Enforcement will be undertaken by council officers, with the support of police officers.

If anyone breaches the requirements of the PSPO, or fails to comply with a request from an Authorised Council Officer or Police Officer to cease activity, they would be committing a criminal offence and could be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 or be prosecuted.

As of 20 October 2017 all existing DPPOs in East Dorset are to be treated as PSPOs and will be enforced as such. There are no Gating Orders in the area.

There have been no changes to any of the current orders.

There was a DPPO in Wimborne Town Centre which is now treated as a PSPOs.

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