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About Designated Public Places Order

Orders in place

DPPO maps

Tackling alcohol related crime and disorder is a key priority for Mansfield District Council. One way of tackling this is to apply a Designated Public Places Order, which gives the police and wardens additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour caused by people drinking in public.

About Designated Public Places Order

A Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) restricts people drinking in public places (i.e. parks, open spaces and streets).

It is not an offence to drink alcohol within the designated areas. However Police Officers and our Neighbourhood wardens have discretionary powers to require a person to stop drinking and hand over the alcohol. An offence is only committed if a person refuses to obey an officer's request and could be arrested and/or issued with a fixed penalty notice.

These powers are not intended to disrupt peaceful activities. They are only used to tackle nuisance or annoyance associated with drinking alcohol in a public place.

Whilst Officers have the discretion to require an individual to refrain from drinking regardless of behaviour, it is not appropriate to challenge an individual consuming alcohol where that individual is not causing a problem.

More information can be found in the pdf icon DPPO Fact Sheet [48kb].

Order in place

Amongst the areas covered by the order are:

  • Mansfield Town Centre,including the market place, all the main retail areas, car parks, bus station and railway station.
  • All 14 of Mansfield District Council's parks.
  • A large part of Meden Vale, including Egmanton Road, Elkesley Road and the football and cricket grounds.
  • Parts of the Ladybrook Estate, including the streets, school grounds and playing fields around Armstrong Road and Somersall Street.
  • Parts of Forest Town, including the Garibaldi Estate, the Avenues and Forest Town Miners Welfare sports grounds.

There are more than 100 pdf icon DPPO signs [3Mb] in the areas covered by the order. These give details about the restrictions and possible penalties in line with Section 13 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001.

The areas have been selected by the Council in consultation with the Police and local communities, based on drink related incidents.

The restrictions do not apply to outdoor drinking areas, beer gardens or temporary events notified to the Council.

The powers are in addition to those already held by the Police and Neighbourhood Wardens, which allows them to confiscate alcohol from anyone aged under18 anywhere in the district.

DPPO maps

Full details of the areas covered can be found in either the pdf icon Street List [153kb] or in the following ward maps:

Page last updated: 8 December 2014
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