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Hundreds of Litterers and Dog Foulers Fined

Latest figures show that 804 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued since the start of April to people who commit environmental crime.

People who litter or don’t pick up after their dog have been hit in their pocket with fines of £100 thanks to a new enforcement scheme from Ashfield District Council.

The Council is working with specialist private sector enforcement provider Waste Investigations Support & Enforcement (WISE) to punish those committing environmental crime in our communities.

The team of Enforcement Officers have joined the Council’s Community Protection Officers in patrolling town centres, parks & green spaces and high footfall areas.

Since the start of April, the team have dished out 796 Fixed Penalty Notices for littering and eight for dog fouling.

A further 12 notices have been awarded for fly-tipping offences by the Community Protection Team in the same period, resulting in £400 in fines.

Cllr Helen-Ann Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council said: “These latest figures are staggering and proves the zero-tolerance approach we promised when bringing in the scheme. We want to make Ashfield a clean and safe place that residents can be proud of by cutting off this crime at the source.
“We all have a responsibility to keep the District clean, and this new pilot is proving that we will come down on those that think they can commit environmental crime and get away with it.”