Crackdown on litter louts reaps success

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These are the latest litter louts to be caught on camera as part of a council crackdown.

More than 2,200 tonnes of litter and fly-tipped rubbish is dropped in Preston every year, which costs around £2m to clean up.

Litter lout Preston Council want identifying. Taken on Friday, January 24 in Cheapside
Litter lout Preston Council want identifying. Taken on Friday, January 24 in Cheapside

Last March Preston Council launched a radical scheme in the hope the public would “shop” perpetrators snapped 
by an undercover camera van.

Fixed penalty notices handed out to anyone identified from the pictures range from £80 for litter thrown in the street to £200 for fly-tipping.

So far, 22 people have been fined a total of £1,100 after being identified from photographs printed in the Evening Post.

The city’s litter education officer, Anne Milne-Riley, said: “We know it is working, but there’s still work to be done.

Appeal: The council wants to speak to people pictured on CCTV suspected of littering
Appeal: The council wants to speak to people pictured on CCTV suspected of littering

“We went out for an hour the other day, and without looking very hard, found six people dropping litter. It’s mainly around shop doorways where people walk out and throw their receipt on the floor, or they throw a cigarette end away before going in.

“However, one hotspot near the market that we were always being called to, hasn’t been a problem for a while.

“When we first turned up with the CCTV van everyone was watching, talking and pointing, and it really got the message across.”

In October, the campaign was featured on the BBC’s One Show.

Anne said: “We had a great response from being on television, and I’m finding that people are recognising me more.

“We will definitely continue, we need to reinforce the good work that’s already been done.”

Anne said there isn’t a particular profile for litter louts.

She added: “A lot of people will say it’s the young people, but they’re wrong.

“We get all types of people, old and young, male and female, from all walks of life. It’d surprise you.”

 

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