The Anti-social behaviour team is co-located with Dorset Police, based at Weymouth Police Station. The team deals with complaints of anti-social behaviour ranging from neighbour disputes, through to drug dealing.
We work alongside a range of services including housing associations, drug and alcohol outreach services and youth offending services. Our officers have a range of enforcement powers to deal with offenders of ASB, as well as providing a supporting role for victims of anti-social behaviour.
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)
PSPOs were introduced in October 2014 by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area (a public place) that is detrimental to the local community's quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are intended to help ensure public places can be enjoyed by all and kept free from anti-social behaviour (ASB)
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 authorised 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 officer or Police Officer to cease the prohibited activity, they would be committing a criminal offence and may be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 or upon conviction a fine of up to £1000.
Weymouth & Portland Borough Council had a public consultation about the proposed ASB Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in relation to the consumption of alcohol, begging, intentional feeding of gulls and cycling on the Promenade, in areas of Weymouth and Easton Square, Portland. The consultation period was held between 16 August and 8 November 2017.
The Weymouth & Portland Anti-social Behaviour related Public Spaces Protection Order 2018, and related Schedules, (detailing the restricted areas), can be found here:
The PSPO comes into force on 20 August 2018 for a duration of three years.
Notice of extension
Dorset Council has extended the Weymouth and Portland Public Spaces Protection Order by a period of 12 months. See the notice of extension.
We currently operate a Clearance Protocol in Weymouth Town Centre. The protocol came into force in June 2017 in response to a large number of unattended, personal items being left around the town in shop doorways and phone boxes. The protocol means that any unattended items left for more than 1 hour, in the town centre, will be reported and removed immediately. Items, not considered as hazardous, will be retained for a maximum of 28 days and then disposed of it not collected within this period. Items considered as hazardous such as items believed to contain illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia or anything with bodily waste on it, will be removed and disposed of immediately.
Do you know where your children are?
Dorset Council, in conjunction with Dorset Police, relaunched the ‘Do you know where your children are?’ campaign in 2016. The campaign aims to tackle youth related anti social behaviour by sending a series of tiered warning letters home to parents and guardians of young people found engaging in anti-social behaviour across the area.