new street drinking restrictions have come into force in one of Harrogate’s busiest shopping areas.
Following a council decision last month, a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is now approved for areas including the inside of the bus and railway stations and Victoria Shopping Centre. The order, in place for 12 months, gives enforcement officers powers to ask a person to stop drinking and ‘surrender’ their alcohol. If they refuse, they can be given a fine of up to £100.
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “This is a positive step forward in response to businesses and shoppers who have been telling me for some time that anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking has become a significant problem.”