New powers proposal to rid town centre of rowdy troublemakers

CIVIC leaders are on the brink of introducing new powers to deter yobs from causing trouble in a town centre.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council cabinet members are being asked to approve the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Biddulph, where groups of up to 40 rowdy young people have been gathering and causing trouble.

The action has been proposed following a consultation with concerned traders and families affected by anti-social behaviour.

Under the terms of the order – covering the Millennium Gardends and the area near Sainsbury’s car park – the playing of football and loud music, throwing stones or eggs, and drinking are banned. Police would also have the power to seize alcohol.

Anyone who failed to comply with the order would face a fine of up to £1,000.

Police received more than 30 reports of incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area between January 1 and October 14 last year.