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

Fine behaviour: Those who don't use Rotherham's litter bins face the prospect of a fixed penalty notice.
Fine behaviour: Those who don't use Rotherham's litter bins face the prospect of a fixed penalty notice.
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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”.

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.”

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.