Litter louts pay the penalty as council bosses get tough

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SHEFFIELD Council has revealed a huge increase in the number of fines issued against litter louts - after criticism of the authority’s previous soft stance on the issue.

In the last month, 105 tickets were issued for litter and dog fouling over 17 working days.

So far, 60 per cent of the tickets have been paid and any outstanding fines will lead to prosecution.

The figure compares with just 78 tickets issued during the whole of 2011/12, and 87 in 2010/11.

But Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member responsible for environment, promised to ‘get tough’ on the problem earlier this year after parks were left strewn with rubbish during warm weather,

Two additional temporary members of staff were appointed on a part-time basis through the summer to tackle littering and dog fouling in parks and other locations across the city.

And 10 police community support officers have been trained to continue issuing fines.

Coun Scott said: “Labour are making huge improvements in tackling littering and dog fouling. A tougher approach seems to be working.”