MORE than 250 people are counting the cost after committing environmental offences.
Durham County Council’s Neighbourhood Protection Team issued 240 fixed penalty notices during January and February.
They included 169 for littering, 38 for failing to comply with a litter-clearing notices and 33 for failing to pick up after a dog.
A further 11 people were prosecuted for littering after they failed to pay fixed penalty notices which had previously been issued to them.
Investigations were carried out into 527 incidents of fly-tipping, which has resulted in a number of householders and business owners being advised of their duty to dispose of waste in the proper manner.
Legal action is being pursued in a number of cases across the county, and two people have already been prosecuted in relation to fly-tipping in the Peterlee and Seaham areas.
Ian Hoult, the council’s neighbourhood protection manager, said: “We know from residents that issues such as dog fouling, littering and fly-tipping are a major concern in communities across the county. We address these concerns using a variety of methods.”