Don’t let EDDC give you a criminal record!

The Sunday Times reports that EDDC will become the first council to enforce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)with £80 on-the-spot fines or court proceedings for feeding seagulls on beaches at Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Beer and Seaton.

A PSPO creates a criminal rather than civil offence.

There was no mention of how this will be enforced – presumably as it is a criminal offence the expectation is that police will do it, rather than “Seagull Wardens”.

Let’s hope that when a seagull pinches a chip from a child on the beach a policeman can catch it and that it doesn’t further disgrace itself in court! But at least we might recognise regular miscreants by the leg tags they may have to wear.