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Litter patrols catch out offenders!

A crackdown on littering across Bedford Borough has led to 28 people being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice in just over a week.

 

Bedford Borough Council’s ‘Why Would You?’ campaign involves a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to all forms of anti-social behaviour; such as littering, dog fouling, graffiti and fly-tipping.

 

Over 30 million tonnes of litter are collected from streets across the country every year, costing taxpayers £885million per annum. Chewing gum and cigarette ends are the most common items found littered in Bedford Borough and litter patrols have been targeting known hot-spots, and anyone caught littering has been issued with a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice.

 

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Littering is not just anti-social, it is an offence. This initiative has clearly struck a chord with local residents as officers involved have been frequently approached by residents expressing their backing for the project.

 

“We will continue to carry out frequent litter patrols and will continue a zero tolerance approach to all forms of anti-social behaviour. We have invested in new dual litter/ recycling bins with cigarette disposal points in the Town Centre and at locations across the borough, so there really is no excuse for littering.”

 

If you see an enviro-crime being committed, please report it to the Council and provide as much information as you can which could be used as evidence. This can include a description of the offender, vehicle registration and any photographs. If we can gather sufficient evidence, we will prosecute. You can report an enviro-crime by calling 01234 267422 or by visiting www.bedford.gov.uk and click ‘Report It’.

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