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Kingdom’s successes in Barnsley praised

The success of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection team in Barnsley has been highlighted in an article in the Barnsley Chronicle entitled “People fined by officers armed with cameras”. The front page news article said:

“Hundreds of people have been fined by two camera-wearing enforcement officers in the Cudworth areas since August.

“In response to local residents’ concerns, the North East Area Council – which covers the villages of Cudworth, Royston, Grimethorpe, Shafton and Brierly – commissioned Kingdom Security to carry out patrols at hotspot areas.


“Latest figures obtained by the Chronicle show the officers – who clamp down on litter, dog fouling and illegal parking – issued 369 fixed-penalty notices for anti-social offences and 31 to inconsiderate parkers in the latest August to March figures.


“But Cudworth’s Coun Joe Hayward, who chairs the area council, says plans are in place to take a harder line on existing offenders – including absentee landlords.


“Section 92 orders, which force landlords to pay to have waste removed, could be one of the measures taken to deal with rubbish outside their properties.


“He said: ‘It has been a great success and the public feedback shows that they are very happy with the work we are doing to eradicate anti-social issues from the area.


“’The first few months were very much its running in period but its well into its swing now and the two officers have been very active. Cudworth in particular really needed it.


“’After a good start in the first and second quarters, the fixed-penalty notice numbers have increased over the last few months so the area council has decided that this must still remain one of our priorities along with tackling the problem of absentee landlords.’”


Separately, an article was published on the BBC News website on 10th June entitled “Dog poo fines ‘down by almost 20% in England and Wales’  which noted that “Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council issued the most fixed penalties last year – 187”. Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is delighted to be responsible for the best figures nationally for enforcing against dog fouling.

Kingdom started providing Environmental Protection Services to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in August 2014, after it emerged that it was costing the council £1.2million per year to tackle litter and dog fouling. Kingdom’s officers also tackle parking enforcement on behalf of the council and are attached to the local authority’s Community Safety Team and work alongside the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. They wear the uniform of the Community Safety and Enforcement Team, but also wear 'plain clothes' at times. They wear body cameras while on duty so that all environmental protection activity can be monitored. Soon after the contract with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council started, Kingdom’s services to the council were profiled by ITV’s Calendar News.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection teams are led by experts with an ex-police and military background, and deliver over 130,000 environmental protection hours per year on behalf of local authorities across the UK. For more information about Kingdom’s environmental protection services for local authorities, click here to visit their website, or call 0845 051 7702.