Designated Public Space Orders (DPPOs)
The Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 allows us to designate a public place by order if nuisance or annoyance to members of the public or disorder has been linked with the consumption of alcohol in that place.
In a designated place, a police officer may require a person not to consume alcohol and to surrender anything the officer reasonably believes to be alcohol. A person commits an offence if they do not comply with such a request. The maximum fine for this offence is currently £500.
A designated public place order does not prevent members of the public consuming alcohol. The powers the police have under the order are discretionary. The police would not normally request someone to stop drinking in the public place if they were doing so responsibly.
The orders do not apply on licensed premises while they are open for the sale of alcohol and for 30 minutes after.
The following Designated Public Place Orders are currently in place:
The following signage is displayed within the designated places: