More powers to tackle anti-social behaviour


Powers to tackle and reduce anti-social behaviour in the west of the borough have been extended after residents overwhelmingly supported Redbridge Council’s proposals to update a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the area.

Police and council officers previously had powers to combat street drinking in Bridge, Monkhams, Churchfields, South Woodford, Wanstead Village and Wanstead Park wards. Now, the updated PSPO is enforcing additional restrictions, including begging, public urination, loitering and spitting.

“Public concern prompted a consultation with residents, which received 1,693 responses with an overwhelming majority in favour of all the restrictions,” said a spokesperson.

Breaches of the order can result in a fine of £100 or, in serious cases, prosecution.