Community Protection Notices (CPNs) were introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (‘the Act’) as part of a number of measures designed to tackle anti-social behaviour.
John Veale of Kangs Solicitors outlines the nature and effect of a CPN.
What Is A Community Protection Notice? | Kangs Anti-Social Behaviour Advisory Team
The service of a CPN is aimed at preventing unreasonable behaviour which is having an adverse impact on the quality of life within a particular community, and, if the requirements of the CPN are ignored, steps may be taken to prevent the continuance of the conduct complained of.
Any person over the age of sixteen, or any business, may be served with a CPN.
Whilst the circumstances where a CPN may be issued are numerous, common examples would include:
- steps to restrict the regular playing of loud music or similar conduct,
- the lack of control of an animal, such as to prevent fouling,
- the imposition of specific travel restrictions upon an individual or group,
- the accumulation of litter/waste outside shop premises, such as the one once threatened by Cambridge City Council against Tesco to counter the accumulation of waste in a public place.
Enforcement | Kangs CPN Advisory Team
A CPN may be issued by a constable, local authority and authorised individuals such as:
- council officers
- police community support officers
- social landlords
A CPN may require an individual or body to:
- stop doing specified things
- do specified things.
- take reasonable steps to achieve specified results.
The requirements of a CPN must be reasonable in order to prevent any detrimental effect from continuing or recurring.
A CPN can only be issued once the subject has been given a written warning allowing sufficient time for the required remedial action to be undertaken.
Failure to observe the requirements of a CPN constitutes a criminal offence leading to a fine not exceeding level 4 for an individual or up to £20,000 for a business or corporate body.
How Can We Help? | Kangs National Criminal Defence Solicitors
- Breach of a CPN may result in very serious consequences.
- The recipient of a CPN has a right of Appeal within 21 days on specific grounds, one of which being that the terms imposed are unreasonable.
- Such an Appeal is not a straight forward process but at Kangs Solicitors our team is experienced in advising and assisting clients appropriately.
If you have been served with a CPN then you should seek immediate guidance and please do not hesitate to contact our team through any of the following: