Preston’s controversial campaign to shame litter louts by publishing a CCTV rogues’ gallery is starting to pay off.
Five offenders have been fined a total of £640 after being identified from photographs printed in the Evening Post.
And the city’s litter education officer Anne Milne-Riley revealed: “The message is beginning to get through – the amount of litter on the streets is noticeably less than it was.”
Preston Council launched its radical scheme this summer in the hope the public would “shop” litter louts 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.
An £80 charge is also being levied on dog-owners whose pets are captured on camera fouling in public.
The first batch of offenders has now been processed, with three individuals admitting littering and two fly-tipping.
“One litterer was a woman sitting on a bench throwing sweet wrappers on the floor, one after the other, even though she was right next to a bin,” said Anne.
“When I spoke to her she said she didn’t normally do it and couldn’t explain her actions that day.
“When we confront people, they aren’t happy we’ve got footage of them committing an offence, but we can’t help that. If they won’t pay then we take them to court. Fortunately, we haven’t had to go down that route yet.
“Some people will think this is just a way for the council to make money, but that’s not the case.
“The important thing for us is people are starting to get what we are doing and are now thinking before they drop litter.
“We are noticing a huge difference and there is definitely less litter in the city centre as a result. So it is working.”
Recognise the latest additions to the rogues gallery? Call Litterline on 01772 906909.