Fixed penalty fines soar in Rotherham as council cracks down on littering and dog fouling

More than 6,600 people in Rotherham were hit with fixed penalty notices for either dropping litter or failing to clear up after their dogs in public areas '“ with the council describing the results as a 'huge step change'.

Tuesday, 12th June 2018, 11:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 10:35 am
Fine behaviour: Those who don't use Rotherham's litter bins face the prospect of a fixed penalty notice.

Figures for the last quarter of the 2018/19 financial year take the total of penalties handed out to offenders to 6,673.

Coun Emma Hoddinott told members of the council’s ruling Cabinet: “It is a huge number and a huge increase. People want us to tackle that and I think these figures show we are doing.

“We were really keen to bring about increased enforcement.”

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The change was “a huge step-change in terms of enforcement figures” she said.

Dog fouling is a complaint raised regularly by members of the public but is a notoriously difficult offence to detect because those involved have to be caught as it happens.