Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Designated Public Place Orders

Information about Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs)

On Tuesday 23 June 2009, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, with support from Leicestershire Constabulary agreed to adopt a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) under Section 13 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 and The Local Government (Alcohol Consumption in Designated Public Places) Regulations 2007.

What is a DPPO?

Designated Public Places Orders (DPPOs) help local authorities to deal with the problems of alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public places. This order is not a total ban on drinking alcohol in public places. It just makes it an offence to carry on drinking alcohol when asked to stop by a constable or authorised officer. This allows them to deal with people who are behaving antisocially as a result of drinking alcohol.

What does the introduction of the DPPO actually mean?

A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or police officer will have the power to ask a person to stop drinking alcohol in a public place if in his/her opinion:

  • They are creating disorder or behaving in an anti-social manner when drinking or under the influence of alcohol
  • They are likely to behave in an anti-social or disorderly way when drinking or under the influence of alcohol

Is it a ban on drinking alcohol? No. A drinker's behaviour will be the consideration in any action by enforcement officers. It is not intended to stop an individual drinking sensibly. For example, if a person is drinking alcohol sensibly, for instance in a park with a picnic or outside a licensed premises, they will not be affected.

What are the offences relating to a DPPO?

It is not an offence to consume alcohol within a designated area. However, failure to comply with an enforcement officer's requests to stop drinking and surrender alcohol without reasonable excuse is an offence. Penalties include:

  • A penalty notice for disorder of £50
  • Arrest and prosecution for a level 2 fine (max £500)
  • Bail conditions can stop the individual from drinking in public

Last updated: 14/01/2011 14:16