Police in Sheffield vow to deal with litter louts and flytippers 'robustly'

Litter in Parson Cross Park. Picture: Sheffield North East NHP.
Litter in Parson Cross Park. Picture: Sheffield North East NHP.
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This was the disgusting site that greeted police in a Sheffield park.

Officers from the Sheffield North East neighbourhood policing team spotted this litter in Parson Cross Park on Friday and warned that anyone found responsible would be dealt with 'robustly'.

A spokesman said: "The Parson Cross and Southey Team have been finding some rather unpleasant sights on their travels recently. This is Parson Cross Park; a place people should be able to go and enjoy.

"Sadly, it is by no means the only public space that is being ruined by the selfish few. Littering such as this costs the taxpayer millions every year and can be the starting point for further crime and anti-social behaviour.

"We will be working closely with Sheffield Council to address these issues. Anyone found to be responsible for littering / fly-tipping will be dealt with robustly.

"Keeping the public spaces in our area clean and safe is everyone's responsibility; let's work together to get it right."

Sheffield Council said it had issued 38 fines for fly-tipping and issued a further 21 to businesses for failing to keep correct documentation in the past year.

The issue cost the council an estimated £639,700 in 2016/17 - up from £467,000 the previous financial year.