PSPO Watch: July 2016

We’ve warned about them. We’ve challenged them. We’ve had some success. But they keep coming. And it seems no one is safe from Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) which continue to chip away at our civil liberties in towns and cities all over the UK.

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The curious incident of the PSPOs in the night-time

For more than a year now, Liberty has been fighting the cruel trend of local councils using Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to criminalise the homeless.

We've had some notable successes, as have local campaigners – forcing several u-turns and watering down of the most unfair proposals. Despite this, worrying proposals continue to pop up around the country. 

The latest is in Wrexham.

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Public Spaces Protection Orders: No poor, no groups, no skateboards. Vampires welcome.

News agencies and foul-mouthed pun-fans nationwide had a ball last week when Salford City Council hit the headlines after Liberty criticised its use of an astonishingly vaguely worded Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to criminalise the use of

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Liberty seeks clarification on order criminalising use of “foul language” in Salford

02 March 2016

If someone uses foul and/or abusive language in the area covered by the PSPO, but there is no one present to hear it, will that amount to a criminal offence?

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Punishing Gravesend’s poorest: Liberty urges Gravesham Borough Council to ditch unjustified PSPO plans

12 November 2015

  • Consultation on planned Public Spaces Protection Order closes this week
  • Order could see people fined up to £1,000 for rough sleeping or begging

Liberty has today written to Gravesham Borough Council urging it to abandon plans that would penalise the poorest and most vulnerable people in Gravesend.

A consultation into the Council’s proposed Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) closes on Sunday (15 November). 

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Liberty welcomes Birmingham City Council’s decision to scrap shameful PSPO plans

16 September 2015

Liberty has welcomed Birmingham City Council’s decision to scrap plans for a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that would have posed a major threat to protest rights and civil liberties.

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