ASB-style orders issued the most times in West Norfolk
West Norfolk Council has issued the most orders within Norfolk and Waveney in relation to anti-social behaviour.
New figures have revealed authorities within the county issued community protection notices (CPNs) and public space protection orders (PSPOs) a total of 25 times in 2019. Councils in Norfolk and Waveney used ASBO-style measures to tackle dog-fouling and anti-social behaviour dozens of times last year.
Of these, West Norfolk Council issued nine orders in relation to music, alcohol-related disorder, cycling on pedestrian areas, and dangerous or nuisance cycling.
The council also used the powers to secure a property and clear waste and to address foul and abusive language and offensive hand gestures.
A West Norfolk Council spokesman said CPNs were a “useful tool, designed to tackle a range of persistent and continuing behaviours deemed to be having a detrimental impact on the quality of life of others”.
The measures replaced anti-social behaviour orders and dog control orders and are issued by councils and the courts.
Data collated by a civil liberties research organisation revealed the extent of the powers’ use across England and Wales.
A total of 8,760 CPNs were made by 202 councils from November 2018 to October 2019, researchers at the Manifesto Club found.
The figure was a rise of more than 2,500 on the previous year and the most ever recorded. Councils issued 10,413 PSPOs in 2019, a rise of 483 on 2018.
Manifesto Club director Josie Appleton, said: “These blank-cheque busybody powers are the cause of immense injustice.”