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Securing gang injunctions

Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have obtained what is believed to be the largest gang injunction claim ever. Jonathan Manning and Alice Richardson set out the judge's findings.

News headlines

Dec 29, 2017

Revised guidance tells councils to use PSPOs only for genuinely anti-social behaviour

The Home Office has issued revised statutory guidance for the police and councils on the use of powers in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, saying the changes would make sure these tools are used only to tackle behaviour which…
Dec 18, 2017

Review of refugee murder finds collective failure, evidence of institutional racism

A multi-agency learning review into the murder of disabled Iranian refugee Bijan Ebrahimi in Bristol four years ago has accused the local council and police force of a “collective failure”, with evidence of both discriminatory behaviour and…
Aug 23, 2017

Council and police force “secure largest group gang injunction ever”

West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council are believed to have secured the largest group gang final injunction.
Jul 04, 2017

Council uses Public Space Protection Order to crack down on street racing

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) under which any driver looking to street race or perform stunts in a particular area in the south of the borough could face a fine of up to £1000.
Jun 19, 2017

LGA issues guidance on introducing Public Space Protection Orders

The Local Government Association has issued guidance on the issues local areas should consider where they are contemplating introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

Features and analysis

S.182 guidance – not the easiest read

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Andy Woods looks at Chapter 16 of the section 182 Guidance under the Licensing Act 2003 and notes that anyone who wants guidance on this subject will have to be a patient reader.

Before its time?

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Can a local authority use the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 in relation to incidents that occured before the Act commenced? Jonathan Manning reports.

Shisha smoking - a hot topic

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Anna Mathias looks at Westminster City Council's approach to controlling shisha smoking and reports on an appeal where the authority has sought to use planning legislation.

Busy bodies' charter?

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Bans on hats, lying down in public, car cruisers and skateboarders...what next for Public Space Protection Orders? Kuljit Bhogal reports.

Older articles

Apr 12, 2017

Statutory guidance issued on new power to issue £30k civil penalties to rogue landlords

The Government has issued statutory guidance for local housing authorities on the use of new powers to impose a civil penalty of up to £30,000 as an alternative to prosecution for certain housing offences under the Housing Act 2004.
Apr 04, 2017

One in three councils targeting rough sleepers with enforcement measures: Crisis

More than one in three councils (36%) are targeting rough sleepers with enforcement measures such as Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) and Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), research by national homelessness charity Crisis has suggested.
Dec 15, 2016

Before its time?

Can a local authority use the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 in relation to incidents that occured before the Act commenced? Jonathan Manning reports.
Dec 02, 2016

Shisha smoking - a hot topic

Anna Mathias looks at Westminster City Council's approach to controlling shisha smoking and reports on an appeal where the authority has sought to use planning legislation.
Nov 16, 2016

Full council at Liverpool backs late night levy despite rejection by licensing committee

Liverpool City Council’s decision to impose a late night levy on clubs and bars has been welcomed by police but drawn condemnation from the drinks industry.
Nov 01, 2016

Councils issue nearly 4,000 community protection notices: report

A campaign group’s Freedom of Information enquires have found that councils issued 3,943 community protection notices (CPN) in the year to October 2015.
Oct 19, 2016

Council defends provisions of Public Space Protection Order on rough sleeping

A borough council has defended its approval of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that could see rough sleepers issued with £100 fixed penalty notices.
Oct 19, 2016

Prevent strategy "creates serious risk of human rights violations": report

The Government’s Prevent strategy in health and education “creates a serious risk of human rights violations and is also counterproductive”, it has been claimed.
Oct 18, 2016

Troubled Families programme had "no impact" on outcomes: research

Researchers have been unable to find consistent evidence that the first phase of the Troubled Families Programme has had any significant or systematic impact, it has been revealed.
Oct 12, 2016

District council to become third party reporting centre for hate crime

North Hertfordshire District Council will become a third party reporting centre for hate crime at its customer service centre so that complainants need not go to a police station.
Oct 10, 2016

London borough secures High Court injunction to block car-cruising

The London Borough of Croydon has become the latest local authority to secure a High Court injunction to prevent car-cruising.
Oct 05, 2016

Borough council secures car-cruising injunction ahead of 'takeover' event

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council last week secured a High Court injunction against unauthorised car cruise events and ‘unsanctioned meets’ for the next 12 months.
Sep 29, 2016

Busy bodies' charter?

Bans on hats, lying down in public, car cruisers and skateboarders...what next for Public Space Protection Orders? Kuljit Bhogal reports.
Sep 28, 2016

Advertising watchdog bars council from using anti-begging adverts

A city council has been ordered by the Advertising Standards Authority not to re-use four adverts that sought to persuade the public to stop giving money to beggars.
Sep 05, 2016

Council eyes replacing late night levy with business improvement district

Cheltenham Borough Council has launched a consultation on whether its Late Night Levy should be superseded by a newly established Business Improvement District (“BID”).
Aug 31, 2016

Council asks High Court to order men to stay away from vulnerable teenager

Rotherham council lawyers have asked a judge to order four men to stay away from a vulnerable teenage girl it considers at risk of sexual exploitation.
Aug 11, 2016

Public authorities and surveillance

The Office of Surveillance Commissioners has published its annual report. Steve Morris sets out the key issues for public authorities.
Jul 22, 2016

Social landlord wins civil injunction orders against youth and two men

Salix Homes has secured three civil injunction orders (CIO) against two men and a youth using legislation under the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Jul 20, 2016

Council uses Article 4 direction to evict asylum seekers in HMO

The London Borough of Bexley has ended the unlawful use of a house by a Home Office approved accommodation provider dealing with asylum seekers.
Jul 04, 2016

Peers issue call for evidence on Licensing Act 2003, appoint Clover to advise

The House of Lords select committee investigating the effectiveness of the Licensing Act 2003 has published a call for evidence.

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