TRESPASSERS found in a Middlewich alleyway that is protected by locked gates could soon be handed a fine of up to £1,000.

Cheshire East Council is looking to place a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) on an alleyway that runs between Beech Street and West Street, off St Ann’s Road.

It means the only people allowed along the alleyway would be homeowners, on-duty NHS and emergency services staff, utilities workers or CEC officers.

Anyone else caught trespassing along the alleyway could be handed a fine of up to £1,000 under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, thanks to the PSPO.

CEC is currently consulting with residents on the planned PSPO, which would come into effect on October 20 and last for three years, replacing the existing gating order which is due to expire in the same month.

Cllr Mick Warren, CEC cabinet member for communities, said: “PSPOs give local councils additional powers to deal with a wide range of anti-social issues to assist in keeping local communities safe.

“In truth, no council wishes to have to introduce them but, sadly, they have become necessary in some parts of our borough where residents have complained of behaviour that impacts on their environment and their quality of life.”

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