Harrow Council is set to crack down on anti-social behaviour in the borough by issuing on the spot fines of £100.

The council has approved a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in a bid to stop members of the public taking part in “filthy behaviours” such as urinating, defecating, or spitting.

There will also be a ban on driving over footpaths, footways and verges, as well as failing to pick up dog mess and smoking in children’s play areas.

Graham Henson, cabinet member for environment said: “Like all our residents and businesses I want to see a clean, safe and trouble-free borough.

“Sadly there are some individuals intent on making Harrow a dirty and unpleasant place to live and work - and that is totally unacceptable.

“That is why we’ve introduced these tough new powers, and we will be working closely with Harrow Police. Anyone caught destroying our neighbourhoods or causing a nuisance to others will face the full weight of the law.”

Niki Walker-Tassell, the temporary chief inspector of Harrow Police, added:

“We welcome and fully support these new powers which will assist officers in dealing with offenders swiftly and effectively.

“Anti-social behaviour has a detrimental impact on the community and we will continue to work closely with Harrow Council to ensure that Harrow remains a great and safe place to live and work.”

The borough-wide PSPO will be in place for 3 years.

Failure to pay the £100 fixed penalty notice could lead to prosecution, where the fine could increase to up to £1,000.