Twelve people fined in FDC crackdown on litterbugs

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TWELVE people were issued with fines for littering during a four-day crackdown across Fenland last month.

The tough action won praise from other local residents and now Fenland District Council is planning a repeat operation later in the year.

Two offenders paid up on the same day and three others have so far paid within a fortnight, thus reducing their fines from £75 to £50. All the fines have to be paid within 28 days of being issued.

On each of the four days of the enforcement action, FDC’s Street Scene officers patrolled all four market towns, spending up to two hours in each. Most of the individuals caught littering were guilty of throwing away cigarette stubs, sometimes within just a few yards of a bin or a warning sign.

The enforcement action was taken as part of the council’s general “Tidy Fenland” campaign. Councillor Peter Murphy, FDC’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, said: “We’ve had a very favourable response from the public – lots of people came up to our officers over the four days to congratulate them on what they were doing.

“Twelve tickets may not sound a lot but that is probably a sign that our campaign is having a positive effect. It also shows that we mean business. We’ve always said that handing out fines is a last resort – we would much rather not have to go that far but if we have to, we will.

“The message we are trying to get across is that everyone should take a pride in their environment and look after it. Most people seem to be taking that on board, with only a small, thoughtless minority continuing to ignore it. We’ll continue to go after them.”