Disgusted residents have complained to police about revellers using city centre streets as a public toilet.
Preston police have received reports about people urinating and defecating on Union Street, and Clayton’s Gate, small streets between Friargate and Market Street West in Preston.
Concerns have also been raised about Chews Yard, a 300 year old alleyway that runs between Friargate and Market Street West.
The issue was raised at a recent PACT meeting from the city centre and has been deemed a priority to tackle in the area.
Today, city centre PCSO Stephen Connolly said: “Union Street has been an issue for some time. Since January we’ve only had two incidents actually reported to the station.” But he added: “One of the residents of Union Street have stopped an officer previously stating that it is happening most nights and is particularly bad on Friday and Saturday evenings.
“We’ve increased patrols of the street, as part of our Operation Nightsafe. Anyone found urinating may find themselves with an £80 or even arrested.”
Preston City Council’s cleansing teams have been notified.
Earlier this year, the city council approved plans to install alleygates at either end of Chews Yard following concerns about crime and anti social behaviour there.
A similar problem hit the St George’s area of Preston in 2008, when residents demanded action to remove two telephone boxes people kept using as a toilet on East View.
A Preston Council spokesperson said: “We have been alerted to an ongoing problem in this area and our cleansing team are visiting to clean the streets at least once a day.”