Crackdown on environmental crime
A Lincolnshire local authority has declared war on dog fouling, fly tipping and littering.
West Lindsey District Council has launched a five-week campaign today to highlight environmental crimes.
Its community action officers and councillors will take part in patrols, visit schools and encourage people to report incidents.
The campaign follows a crackdown which saw £200 fixed penalty notices issued for littering and dog fouling after complaints from residents.
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Caistor councillor Alan Caine is leading the initiative as community safety prtfolio hiolder.
"We're aiming to raise the profile of enviro-crime, making people aware of the scale of the problem," he said.
"And we're highlighting the potential effects, the penalties for culprits, and more importantly, how to do something about it by reporting the issue.
"We're sending a clear message that these anti-social acts will not be tolerated in West Lindsey.
"The more people are aware that common complaints such as littering and dog fouling are not just irresponsible, but serious offences, hopefully the more people will realise that we can do something about it."
Community Action Officer Kate Hearn said: "Wardens can issue fixed penalties for offences including littering and dog fouling, which are the two most common complaints.
"Where abandoned vehicles are reported, we will attempt to track down the owner of the vehicle before asking for it to be removed."
Report any environmental crime by calling 01427 676676 or online at www.west-lindsey.gov.uk