Litterbugs warned they could be caught on camera
Litterbugs who dump rubbish in a Stoke-on-Trent neighbourhood could be caught on camera following the installation of a CCTV network.
The city council has erected temporary cameras in Normacot after listening to the community’s concerns about environmental crime in the area.
The authority has worked closely with the residents’ association to identify littering hotspots. [PAH!]
Local people say the area has been plagued with litterbugs dumping bags of waste and general rubbish on the streets rather than disposing of it in the correct way.
The CCTV cameras will film activity in the neighbourhood for a minimum of one month in a bid to deter people from leaving waste in the residential area.
Those caught flouting the law will be investigated and could be given an £80 fine for littering, reduced to £50 if paid within seven days.
However, if the fine is not paid, the culprit would be brought before the Magistrates Court and could be ordered to pay up to £2,500 and cover the cost of the case.
For more serious crimes, offenders could be jailed for up to 12 months or be fined a maximum of £50,000 – or both.
City Councillor Andy Platt, cabinet member for green enterprises and clean city, said:
“As part of our Mandate for Change we pledged to make Stoke-on-Trent a great place to live. This is a promise that we take very seriously and are fully committed to.
“By keeping our neighbourhoods and towns clean and tidy we will make the area more attractive. This benefits our residents as it is a more enjoyable environment to live in. It also has the added bonus of boosting the local economy, as pleasant surroundings will attract more visitors who will spend money in the city.
“Litterbugs need to know that we take a zero tolerance approach to this kind of activity and we will take strong and swift action against anyone caught dumping rubbish in Stoke-on-Trent. It is not just anti-social behaviour – it is a criminal offence and will be treated as such.”