Public reminded of protection order at Richmond Falls after anti-social behaviour

Litter left behind at Falls at the weekend. Photo: Anthony Reddington.

The public has been reminded of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place at Richmond Falls and the Batts.

It comes after fresh problems of anti-social behaviour in the area, including noisy groups, alcohol use and litter being left behind.

The order was put in place following concerns over large groups gathering by the river during the pandemic drinking and taking drugs.

A district council spokesperson said: “During the hot weather spells this summer, the Safer Richmondshire Community Safety Hub would like to remind visitors to Richmond Falls /The Batts areas of Richmond of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which restricts certain behaviours that have a negative impact on the area and local community.

“Whilst we encourage visitors to enjoy this beautiful area, recent reports have been received concerning noisy groups, alcohol use and litter being left behind.

“The PSPO prohibits this kind of behaviour. Breaches of the conditions below, could result in a fixed penalty notice being issued.”

A large amount of cider cans and other litter was left behind at the weekend.

The rubbish was collected by local residents.


Litter left behind at the weekend and collected by Anthony Reddington.

The conditions are:

  • i) Behaving in a way, including congregating in a group, that causes or is likely to cause harassment, obstruction or concern for safety to another person in a public place;
  • ii) Threatening and/or abusing people in the restricted area;
  • iii) Continuing to consume alcohol when required to stop doing so by any authorised officer;
  • iv) Being under the influence of controlled drugs or other psychoactive substance;
  • v) Throwing objects which are liable to cause damage, nuisance or injury to any person, animal or structure;
  • vi) Lighting or being in control of a fire or barbecue;
  • vii) No littering – not to throw down, drop or otherwise deposit and then leave litter in any place.

The spokesperson added: “When visiting the Richmond Falls / The Batts, do not drink alcohol or light BBQ’s in these areas and be considerate to others visiting. Please take your rubbish with you when you are leaving or use one of the litter bins provided.

“If entering the waters, please consider water safety and do not deposit broken bottles in the river.

“Patrols will be in place over the summer months and persons persisting in prohibited activities will be prosecuted.”

The public is being asked to report breaches of the rules to North Yorkshire Police on 101 or via the North Yorkshire Police website at


  1. Have the police been out there and issued any Fixed Penalty Notice.

    Or has this just been another expensive paper exercise with no results.

  2. What is the point of having the PSPO if it’s not enforced? And why wasn’t anyone fined if there was clear breaches of the order!! It’s pointless reminding these pointless people they couldn’t careless, hit them in the pocket, ban them or Richmond residents will spend the summer cleaning up their mess!

  3. I am sure that the people who cause these problems will take this warning to heart and desisit
    That is always assuming they read the notices and the Council’s pronouncment
    What a complete waste of time
    It needs strong enforcement actions on underage drinking, littering, illegal parking etc etc not these weasaly words

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