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Order proposed in crime crackdown

Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on new measures to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston is proposing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for the central TS1 area - with more to follow if the move is successful.

The orders give greater powers to tackle a range of issues in a specific area such as begging, cycling on pavements and other forms of disorder.

The measures will build on the recent boost to the number of Street Wardens equipped with body-worn cameras, and an increase in the number of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued for a range of offences.

Mayor Preston said: "Residents and businesses are sick to death of a rising tide of crime and anti-social behaviour.

"We need to take rapid and positive action now to make streets safer and reassure decent people."

An informal consultation is launched this week, running until noon on Monday, June 24 to gauge local views on the issues they face, and potential solutions.

This would be followed by a statutory consultation period and a decision by the Council's Executive, with any order likely to come into effect in the autumn.

Among those attending Friday's launch event was Ayresome Primary School Headteacher Lisa Biggin, who welcomed the move.

She said: "This is a great community, but there are issues that we all need to work together to address.

"I think this is a really positive approach that will benefit our children, their families and the wider community.

"Having more wardens and PCSOs with powers to hold offenders to account will increase public confidence on our streets and open spaces, and protect people from crime and anti-social behaviour."

Mayor Preston added: "These orders can make a real difference, but we need to hear from local people about the issues that affect them if they are to be fully effective.

"This is all about making Middlesbrough a safer and better place to be for everyone, from residents and visitors to businesses and workers.

"If successful, we will certainly look at rolling this out to other areas of town where problems exist."

To find out more about PSPO legislation, visit the PSPO page.

To leave feedback, either complete the short online questionnaire or email pspo@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Questionnaires will also be available at Streets Ahead on Parliament Road, Newport Hub on Union Street or the Middlesbrough Council Civic Centre reception on Corporation Road/Centre Square.