PM announces £1,000 fines for graffiti and fly-tipping, ban on hippy crack and begging gangs

27 March 2023, 11:03 | Updated: 27 March 2023, 11:59

Rishi Sunak announced the plans in a speech in Essex today
Rishi Sunak announced the plans in a speech in Essex today. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

Rishi Sunak has announced plans to crack down on anti-social behaviour that include tougher fines for ‘nuisance’ crimes like graffiti and fly-tipping.

In a new series of measures announced today the Prime Minister vowed a tougher stance on hooligans, a ban on nitrous oxide, and plans to make ‘organised begging’ an offence.

People responsible for anti-social behaviour will be told to wear high-viz jumpsuits.

“It is not the type of country that we are and that is why it is important we do something about it,” Mr Sunak said today.

Read more: Prince Harry makes shock High Court appearance as phone-tapping and privacy case against Daily Mail publisher begins

Read more: Senior Tory Sir Graham Brady asks fake Korean firm for £60k a year in bid to pick up sixth job

The key measures announced today are:

  • Ban on laughing gas: police given new powers to drug test suspects on arrest
  • Fly-tipping: Tougher on-the-spot fines for fly tipping, graffiti and littering
  • Begging: Organising a begging network to be made an offence
  • New tool to report anti-social behaviour
  • Payback :Offenders to wear high viz vests or jump suits

Under the plans, on-the-spot fines for fly-tippers will jump from £400 to £1,000, while those caught littering or spraying graffiti face fines of £500 - currently capped at £150.

Mr Sunak, speaking ahead of the official unveiling, said anti-social behaviour “undermines the basic right of people to feel safe in the place they call home.”

Mr Sunak said: "Dropping litter, fly-tipping and graffitiing show an unacceptable lack of respect for everyone else in a community. While many up and down the country work so hard to make communal areas such as high streets, town squares and parks look beautiful, a small minority tarnish them through their selfish, thoughtless actions. It's not right and it's not fair.”

The new approach is expected to be trialled in ten areas before being rolled out across England and Wales in 2024.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Israeli PM Netanyahu Delivers Address To Joint Meeting Of U.S. Congress

Benjamin Netanyahu declares US and Israel 'must stand together' as he delivers speech to Congress

A Russian serviceman patrols a destroyed residential area in the city of Severodonetsk on July 12, 2022

Russia 'would have to lose over 1.5 million soldiers' to achieve Ukraine war goals, new head of British army claims

Steven Van de Velde will compete at this year's Olympics

Athlete who raped 12-year-old British girl shouldn’t be banned from the Olympics, Paula Radcliffe tells LBC

US Israel Netanyahu

Police use pepper spray as protesters march on Capitol ahead of Netanyahu speech

FBI Director Christopher Wray

Trump gunman researched Kennedy assassination, FBI director says

Seven Labour MPs were suspended

Rebel MP who was suspended by Labour over two-child benefit cap vote claims she was ‘bullied’ by party whips

RAF Typhoon at a base In Lincolnshire

Russia scrambles fighter jets to escort British Typhoons over Black Sea

Salman Rushdie

Man accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie charged with supporting terrorist group

Brits are in for another heatwave

Exact date Brits to bask in mini heatwave as temperatures set to hit 30C

A soldier is fighting for his life following a stabbing outside a barracks in Kent

Police 'being supported by counter-terror officers' as they investigate stabbing of soldier outside barracks

Ayub Qassim, who was one of the last people to see Jay Slater alive, has broken his silence about the case in a YouTube live broadcast.

Mystery man who was one of the last people to see Jay Slater alive breaks silence

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Ohad Zwigenberg/AP)

Netanyahu looks to boost US support in speech to Congress

The Eiffel Tower is visible behind a blue flag that reads 'Paris 2024'

French authorities foil several plots to ‘destabilise’ the Paris Olympics

Starmer and Sunak focused on agreements rather than differences in the Labour leader's first PMQs

Starmer and Sunak play nice in Labour leader's first Prime Minister's Questions

Ms Dujardin was officially suspended on Tuesday evening pending an investigation.

'She wanted to save dressage': Whistleblower defends leaking footage of Olympian Charlotte Dujardin whipping horse

The video shows police kicking a man on the ground

Shocking video shows police officer kicking man's head in Manchester Airport after 'officers punched to the ground'