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Two Walsall men prosecuted for breach of Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

  • 31 August 2018
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Walsall Council has secured its first court prosecution for a breach of its Town Centre PSPO. Two men, Robert STEATHAM of  Ernest Clark Close, Willenhall and Neil GIBBARD of Wolverhampton Street, Darlaston were convicted at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court  Yesterday (30 August) of offences in breach of the Public Spaces Protection Order. The Order is in place to tackle anti-social behaviour in Walsall Town Centre.  The men were discovered injecting themselves on 3 December 2017 by a police officer on a car park on Marsh Street, Walsall, which is behind the former BHS store.

The magistrates fined the two men £120 each and ordered each of them to pay £348.72 costs and £30 victim surcharge each.

Councillor Garry Perry, Portfolio Holder for Communities, Leisure and Culture said “Residents and visitors to Walsall quite rightly tell us of the things that do not sometimes make them Proud of the Borough they live in, this is one such example.  We are working hard to make Walsall a great place in which to live, work and shop.  However, residents and visitors shouldn’t have to put up with anti -social behaviour such as this.  There are a range of support services available for people who want help recovering from addictions, but we will not hesitate to send out a strong message when the circumstances justify it.”

Notes for editors

•       The PSPO was made on 28 September 2017 and covers Walsall Town Centre.

•       The prohibition which was breached is that “No person without reasonable excuse shall in a public place use a hypodermic needle to inject themselves or another”

•       There are signs around the town advising of the order and its requirements.