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Public Spaces Protection Orders

Public Spaces Protection Order No 1: alcohol

Live from 03 June 2016, extended on 03 June 2022

After problem-solving meetings with partner agencies including the Police and a public consultation, it was decided that the first PSPO for Great Yarmouth would focus on tackling anti-social behaviour related to drinking

The Public Space Protection Order No 1 2016 (PDF) [394KB] (opens new window) , which covers the whole district of Great Yarmouth, came into force on 03 June 2016 for a period of three years. This was subsequently extended for a further three years on the following dates:

  • 03 June 2019
  • 03 June 2022

During year three, it will be reviewed to determine whether it should be extended for a further three years. 

It is not a ban on drinking in public spaces. For example, someone could have some wine or beer in a park or on the beach and if they do not cause anti-social behaviour, the Order will not apply to them. They will be able to carry on enjoying themselves if they behave responsibly and with consideration to others. 

Where someone is causing anti-social behaviour related to drinking alcohol in the PSPO area, the order allows a Police Officer (including Special Constables) or an authorised Council officer to ask the person to stop drinking and, if they think it appropriate, to confiscate the alcohol that the person has with them, including unopened cans and bottles. If the person does not stop drinking or surrender their alcohol and/or continues their anti-social behaviour, they can be issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice (reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days). The Police also have the option to arrest the person in the most severe cases of non-compliance. 

In summary:

  • If you have been warned by a police officer, special constable or authorised officer of the Council to not consume alcohol, you are not permitted to do so.
  • This warning can be given in writing or given verbally.
  • Alcohol can be confiscated from a person who has been warned by a police officer, special constable or authorised officer of the Council to not consume alcohol.
  • When issuing a warning, an officer must provide identification if requested.
  • Failing to comply with the warning issued is a criminal offence and could result in a fixed penalty notice and/or prosecution.
Last modified on 22 September 2023

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