Local man fined over £700 for breaching CPN
02 September 2022
A man from Barnstaple has been fined just over £700 after being found guilty of breaching a Community Protection Notice (CPN) in Barnstaple town centre, following a successful prosecution by North Devon Council (NDC) on 26 August 2022.
Magistrates heard that the man had an open container of alcohol and was publicly drinking from it, having been served with a Community Protection Notice on Tuesday 7 June 2022 which required him “Not to defecate or urinate in a public place; Not to consume alcohol or be in possession of any unsealed or open container of alcohol in a public place within any PSPO area in North Devon District Council's area” in a number of locations in and around Barnstaple.
The magistrates fined the individual £150 per offence plus a surcharge of £60 plus legal costs of £50.
Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "By working together with other agencies such as Devon and Cornwall Police to tackle this sort of antisocial behaviour, we are ensuring that our town centres are great places to live, work and enjoy.
"The majority of people in North Devon are respectful of the rules and care about how their actions impact the community. Unfortunately, there remains a minority who don’t follow the rules.
"This prosecution makes it clear to everyone that we take this issue very seriously."
Failure to comply with a CPN without reasonable excuse is a criminal offence under Section 48 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, carrying a maximum penalty on conviction of a fine of up to £2,500 for individuals, or an unlimited fine in the case of a business or other body.