Environmental team issues 107 penalty notices

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MORE than 100 fixed penalty notices were issued for offences such as littering and dog fouling in Durham last month.

Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection team operates throughout the county to tackle enviro-crime, and in November it issued 107 fixed penalty notices.

Of those, 79 were issued for littering, 26 were served on people who had failed to comply with a litter clearing notice and two were issued to owners who failed to pick up after their pets. Two offenders were subsequently prosecuted at magistrates’ court for non-payment of their littering fixed penalty notices.

In addition, the neighbourhood protection team investigated 171 incidents of fly-tipping and issued 118 advisory letters and 32 litter-clearing notices in relation to properties with untidy gardens and yards.

Anyone with problems to report or for more information, the neighbourhood protection team can be contacted on 03000 26 1000.