Hundreds faced action for litter

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MORE than 250 litterbugs have been ordered to clean up their neighbourhoods since new rules were introduced in Doncaster.

Doncaster Council started community litter picks as an alternative punishment to a £75 fine for children and teenagers aged between 12 and 17 a year ago.

Statistics released by the authority reveal 262 youths had opted to take part in the litter picks between March 1, 2010 and February 28, 2011.

It represents 82 per cent of all resolved cases where a youth has been issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Those who are caught littering spend three hours taking part in a litter pick, running within their own communities and held on a Saturday.

The scheme is designed to punish the child rather than the parent.

Doncaster Coun Cynthia Ransome, the borough’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and customer/regulatory services, said: “This is a beautiful borough and we will not tolerate littering or any other form of environmental crime.

“The youth litter policy is designed to teach personal responsibility, and remove the financial burden of paying a fine from parents.

“By carrying out the litter picks, these young people are starting to appreciate how hard our staff have to work just to clean up after the inconsiderate few that want to spoil Doncaster for the majority.”

A total number of 477 fixed penalty notices were issued over the first year and 318 of them have been resolved.

Out of resolved cases, 56 paid the fine and 262 attended a litter pick.

Under the council’s youth littering policy, if a youngster fails to turn up for the litter picking session, the authority’s lawyers will then look at taking forward a prosecution against the youngster.