Litter and dog fines set to increase

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Fines for dropping litter and breaching dog control orders in South Ribble will increase next month.

From April 1 litter fines will increase from £50 to £80, and anyone caught breaching Dog Control Orders will also face an £80 fine, up from £75.

South Ribble Council has the power to set the level of some fines and last reviewed these charges in 2009.

At the start of this year changes were brought in to extend the rules on dogs and as a result, a review of charges for offences took place.

South Ribble Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for neighbourhoods Coun Peter Mullineux, said: “We take a tough stance on environmental crime in South Ribble and last year alone we issued more than 280 Fixed Penalty Notices for everything from dog fouling to fly tipping and graffiti. We will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to environmental crimes in a bid to keep South Ribble clean, green and safe.”

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