Pet owners and vandals hit with fines

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HUNDREDS of fines have been slapped on vandals and pet owners in the last four months.

Durham County Council’s neighbourhood wardens gave out more than 330 fixed penalty tickets for environmental crimes, between July and October.

There were 60 for dog fouling, 192 for littering, three for fly-posting and 82 for failing to comply with a litter clearing notice.

Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services, said: “Littering and dog fouling are of great concern to local people and we are determined to tackle those responsible.

“While we adopt an education-first approach, and work closely with schools and community groups in local clean-ups, we do enforce against the minority who spoil our neighbourhoods.

“Our neighbourhood wardens can also focus their patrols in areas where local people have raised specific concerns.”

Mr Sherratt added: “We very much rely on information from the community to help us identify when and where offences are being committed and who is responsible.

“I would urge anyone who is concerned about littering and dog fouling to contact us with information so that we can take action.”

Anyone who can provide information on people who litter or fail to pick up after their dogs can call 03000 261 000, with as much detail as possible.