A NEW by-law is to be introduced in South Lakeland to make it easier for police to tackle anti-social people who urinate in public urban areas South Lakeland District councillors have backed the new law which aims to target those who commit such offences in built-up areas, particularly town centres at night.

The law is designed to support the police and a survey of residents by SLDC showed strong support for its introduction.

Giles Archibald, SLDC Portfolio Holder for Town Centres and Small Business, said: “This is a problem caused by small minority of people which damages the environment and image of our town centres. It upsets those who live in central areas and harms our local businesses.

“The new by-law will help the police target this sort of anti-social behaviour in a more effective way.”

Kendal Inspector Paul Latham from Cumbria Police, said: “I am pleased to support this new by-law from South Lakeland District Council. Public urination is offensive and affects the overall appearance and reputation of our towns.

“Sadly, many people who are caught urinating in public have often just left a place with toilets, normally a pub.

“Once this new by-law is in place anyone caught urinating in public is likely to be summoned to court, which can result in a fine. Also, as it is open court, the offender runs the risk of being named in the press. Hopefully this will make people think twice.”

Under the new law, which is required to be formally approved by the Secretary of State, police will be able to take immediate action against anyone urinating or defecating in a public urban area. Previously they could only act if a member of the public had witnessed such an incident and been alarmed or distressed by what they had seen.

The new by-law covers the urban areas of Kendal, Ulverston, Grange, Ambleside, Windermere, Bowness, Milnthorpe, Kirkby Lonsdale, Grasmere, Coniston, Hawkshead, Sedbergh, Flookburgh, and Arnside.