We have introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) under the Anti-Social, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to address concerns about car cruising in Mid Sussex

We can issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) of £100 to enforce orders.

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order?

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) can target a range of behaviours and can prohibit specified activities or require certain things to be done by people engaged in certain activities. They can send a clear message that certain behaviours will not be tolerated and help reassure residents and businesses that unreasonable conduct is being addressed.

The PSPO prohibits car cruise activity and associated vehicle related nuisance in defined areas outlined in the maps below.

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How will the order be enforced?

Authorised police and council officers have the authority to issue fixed penalty notices for PSPOs.

What happens if the order is ignored?

It is an offence for a person to engage in any activity prohibited by PSPOs. Any person found guilty is liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice up to £100 (reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days). Failure to pay may result in prosecution with a maximum fine of £1000.

What if I see someone who is breaking a PSPO for Car Cruising?

If you see anyone undertaking any of the prohibited activities outlined in the PSPO please report this through the Sussex Police website, giving as much detail as you can, including:

  • Location, date and time
  • Description of activity
  • Any information that will help to identify vehicles and/or individuals involved
  • Any video or audio recordings of the activity.

Please do not approach those involved in the activity.

Contact Sussex Police here: https://www.sussex.police.uk/ro/report/

If you have evidence of prohibited activities that have already taken place, council officers may be able to issue a fixed penalty notice to the perpetrators. In these circumstances please provide all relevant information and evidence as detailed above, to the anti-social behaviour team at antisocialbehaviour@midsussex.gov.uk.

Last updated: 08 September 2023