Our officers have carried out a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) enforcement operation, with assistance from the Safer Neighbourhoods Team, to tackle nuisance cycling and skateboarding in the Marlowes area of Hemel Hempstead town centre.
The Hemel Hempstead town centre PSPO was introduced in July 2019 to address certain anti-social behaviours, including cycling and skateboarding in Marlowes. Breaching a PSPO can result in a £75 fixed penalty notice.
During the operation (on Wednesday 22 July) our Enforcement Officers issued warnings to a number of cyclists and skateboarders, and two cyclists received fixed penalty notices. Additionally, two of the cyclists stopped during the operation were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, after police officers conducted a stop and search procedure.
Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “Our town centre PSPO is vitally important to ensure residents can enjoy Marlowes. We don't want to stop people visiting and shopping in our town centre but we do want to tackle the behaviour of the minority who have a detrimental impact on the lives of others.”
Our officers and police have been regularly patrolling Marlowes for potential breaches of the PSPO and another enforcement operation is planned later in the summer.
We do not wish to discourage people from cycling into town. Cyclists can still cycle down Waterhouse Street to avoid cycling through Marlowes.
More information about the Hemel Hempstead town centre PSPO and Dacorum-wide dog PSPO is available on our Public spaces protection orders page.