People will be fined for spitting and begging in Dagenham Heathway (Credit: Barking and Dagenham Council)
The council’s Public Space Protection Order allows fines of £100 to be issued on the spot for unsociable activities.
It covers things such as spitting, harassment, drinking alcohol in the street and begging. Offenders can also be taken to court and given fines of up to £1,000.
The order covers the area around the station and the shopping centre, down to the junction of Ripple Road and New Road, and extends to Old Dagenham Park.
Around 90 per cent of residents and the Metropolitan Police supported extending the order.
“We’re pleased residents have once again supported us to be able to take action against those individuals who commit anti-social behaviour offences in our community,” said Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety.
“Everyone should be able to enjoy themselves without fear of anti-social activities. PSPOs are a vital part of our toolkit in making people safer and we will use the feedback we received from residents during the consultation as a way of stepping up our enforcement.”
The order came into effect on Friday, 3 September.
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