A 49-year-old man has been ordered to pay £1,135 by a court following prosecution by Ashford Borough Council for breaching the Ashford Urban Public Spaces Protection Order covering the town centre.

Folkestone Magistrates Court heard that the man, who lives in the Ashford area, breached the order by using foul or abusive language in an incident with police at midday on Sunday 24 October 2021 in the centre of the Ashford where families and young children were present.

The man failed to appear in court on Monday 20 June and was tried in his absence. Magistrates found the case proved and he was fined £440 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £44 and £651 towards the prosecution’s legal costs. He was given 28 days to pay.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem identified in a specific area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing conditions on anyone using the area.

A spokesman for Ashford Borough Council said: “The Council and partners, including Kent Police under the Community Safety Partnership, continue to work together to ensure Ashford is a safe and enjoyable place to live and work.

“We will continue to robustly enforce these Orders to prevent such behaviours from having a negative impact for others.”

By Ed

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