£100 fine if you are caught begging, urinating or touting in the Brick Lane area

The measures are being rolled out in the Brick Lane area. Picture: MIKE BROOKE

The measures are being rolled out in the Brick Lane area. Picture: MIKE BROOKE - Credit: Mike Brooke

Anyone caught begging, touting or refusing to stop drinking in the Brick Lane area between Bethnal Green and Whitechapel can be fined £100 on the spot.

The PSPO zone is within the blue area. Picture: TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL

The PSPO zone is within the blue area. Picture: TOWER HAMLETS COUNCIL - Credit: Archant

New powers to crackdown on anti-social behaviour have been introduced following a consultation with residents and business which showed 84 per cent of respondents backed the measures.

The three-year long Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) means police and council enforcement officers can issue fixed penalty notices to anyone who is urinating, defecating, begging, touting or acting in a manner to cause annoyance, distress, alarm to any person within a restricted area.

In addition anyone who refuses to stop drinking alcohol in public or hand over their drink to an officer could also be fined.

John Biggs, mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “This order gives the police and council more powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.


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“It is just one of the initiatives we are introducing to make Tower Hamlets a better place to live, work and visit for everyone.”

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