Cyclist prosecuted for breaching town centre PSPO

PSPO poster: Think! No cycling in the town centre. £75 fixed penalty noticeWe have successfully prosecuted a cyclist for breaching the Hemel Hempstead town centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

Jamie Thomas of Malvern Way, Hemel Hempstead, was found guilty at St Albans Magistrates' Court on 2 September 2020 and ordered to pay a total of £563, which consisted of a fine of £220, a £32 victim surcharge and costs of £311.

Police had witnessed Thomas riding a bicycle through Marlowes and the Water Gardens Car Park on Saturday 18 January 2020, both of which are prohibited activities under the PSPO. Thomas was issued a £75 fixed penalty notice for breach of the order but no payment was made. 

Our enforcement officers, with assistance from the Dacorum Safer Neighbourhoods Team, regularly patrol the town centre for people who may be breaching the order.

Since the town centre PSPO came into effect in July last year, we have issued 43 warnings and 13 fixed penalty notices for breaches.

Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: ”We want everyone to be able to enjoy Hemel Hempstead town centre, without being subject to the detrimental behaviour of a small minority of people. This prosecution sends a clear message that breaching the town centre PSPO will not be tolerated and that enforcement action will be taken where necessary.”

PSPOs were introduced in October 2014 by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and are designed ow councils to deal with a particular nuisance or problem behaviour in a particular area (a public space) that is damaging to the local community's quality of life. Failure to comply with a PSPO could result in a fixed penalty notice fine or prosecution.

More information about PSPOs is available on our public spaces protection orders page.

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