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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 March, 2005, 12:16 GMT 13:16 UK
Police trial fixed penalty scheme
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Police will be able to hand out 40 fines
Police officers in Tayside have been given the power to issue fines for anti-social behaviour.

Offenders will avoid the prospect of a criminal conviction if they pay the 40 fixed penalty fine within 28 days.

Chief Constable John Vine said it would give officers a new way of dealing with "low-level" anti-social behaviour like being drunk and incapable.

The force is the first in Scotland to trial the new powers contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour (Scotland) Act.

The 13,000 project will be evaluated after a year.

This will increase the amount of time officers spend on the street dealing with more serious crime and free the courts to deal with more serious offending
Chief Constable John Vine
Tayside Police

Those who do not want to pay the fine will be able to request a court hearing.

Mr Vine said the scheme would deliver "swift, simple and effective justice" while also having a deterrent effect.

"It will reduce significantly the amount of time that police officers spend completing paperwork and attending court, while simultaneously reducing the burden on the courts," he said.

"This will increase the amount of time officers spend on the street dealing with more serious crime and free the courts to deal with more serious offending."

Deputy Justice Minister Hugh Henry said police in Tayside would be able to issue a fixed-penalty notice to anyone who was drunk and incapable in a public place, urinating in public or continuing to play loud music after being asked to stop.


SEE ALSO:
Praise for 'boy racer' crackdown
14 Mar 05 |  Scotland
Police use new dispersal powers
28 Feb 05 |  Scotland
City curb on anti-social elements
10 Dec 04 |  Scotland
Disorder measures hit the streets
28 Oct 04 |  Scotland


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