Community Protection Notices
What is a Community Protection Notice (CPN)?
Community Protection Notices were introduced under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014 to deal with businesses, organisations or individuals over the age of 16 committing anti-social behaviour which spoils the communities' quality of life. It can be used to deal with most problems or nuisances negatively impacting on or affect the community, by targeting those responsible.
When can a CPN be served?
A CPN can be served by the council where it can be demonstrated that the behaviour has:
- A detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
- Be of a persistent or continuing nature, and
- Be unreasonable
What is the CPN and warning used for?
Warnings and CPN's can be used for a variety of anti-social behaviours including, dog fouling, vehicle nuisance, littering, bin contamination etc.
How does it work?
Where anti-social behaviour is identified a written warning (Community Protection Warning Notice) will be given to the alleged perpetrator giving details of the behaviour giving cause for concern, with instructions on how to rectify the problem and highlighting the consequences if the behaviour continues.
If the behaviour continues despite warning, a Community Protection Notice can be served including a requirement to stop doing something, to start doing something, and/or to take reasonable steps to avoid further anti-social behaviour.
Breaching a CPN is a criminal offence. The local authority may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice up to £100 or £20,000 for businesses or has the option to prosecute through the court. The court can fine up to £2,500 if convicted.