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Fixed Penalty Notices

A Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) and a Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) provide for one-off penalties to be imposed for anti-social behaviour. Both schemes are designed to help police tackle low level nuisance and anti-social behaviour whilst reducing the bureaucracy involved with tackling these problems.

Fixed Penalty Notices, or FPNs, generally deal with deal with less serious problems such as litter, waste, fly-tipping and noise. They can be issued by local authority officers, and in a limited capacity, by Police Community Support Officers ( PCSOs) and other accredited persons. Where fines remain unpaid, prosecution for the offence is pursued

Fixed Penalty Notices can be issued to anyone over 10 years old. Many penalties are set at £75 but local authorities can set some fine levels locally. More serious offences such as truancy and noise nuisance attract larger penalties..

Penalty Notices for Disorder are issued for offences such as throwing fireworks; being drunk disorderly; causing harassment, alarm or distress; causing criminal damage over £500 and giving a false alarm to a fire or rescue service, not to mention dog fouling and littering.

Penalty Notices for Disorder can be issued to anyone over 16 years old and attract penalties of £50 or £80 depending on the offence.

The differences between Fixed Penalty Notices and Penalty Notices for Disorder is that Fixed Penalty Notices are mostly given for low-level anti-social behaviour of an environmental nature (with the exception of truancy) and Penalty Notices for Disorder are awarded for more serious offences and disorderly behaviour that threatens other peoples' safety and well-being.

What you can do

If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Feel free to use the diary sheet below to record your incident and then, please contact us. You may find the guidance leaflet useful or you could visit the Incident Diary page for more information.

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