Kingdom has been providing environmental protection officers on behalf of Harrow Council since July 2015. They have been patrolling the streets issuing fines to anybody seen littering or spitting. In that time Kingdom’s officers have issued 3,741 fixed penalty notices.
As part of this, the council has been cracking down on people who have refused to pay their fines, which has now resulted in 10 prosecutions. 10 people failed to pay their £75 fixed penalty notice for dropping cigarette ends, and as a result found their cases being heard in Willesden Magistrates’ Court on 9th February 2016. There they were ordered to make payments of over £4,000 for the offences which were carried out between 20th and 29th July 2015. Five people pleaded guilty by post and were fined £150, £300 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. The five others were found guilty in their absence and fined £200, £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Cllr Graham Henson, the councillor responsible for environment, crime and safety on Harrow Council, said:
“We are doing everything we can to ensure that Harrow is kept clean and remains that way. Sweeping and cleaning our streets is expensive so it’s only fair that these litterbugs pay.
"Our enforcement officers have caught thousands of people in the act. Some think they can ignore a fixed penalty notice but, as these cases show, we will take them to court if they don’t pay up. Keeping our streets safe and tidy is all part of our work to build a better Harrow."
Kingdom's high profile, specialist enforcement teams aim to reduce anti–social behaviour and make the UK’s streets and public areas cleaner, safer and greener. Led by experts with an ex-police and military background, Kingdom’s specialist teams deliver over 130,000 Environmental Protection hours per annum on behalf of Local Authorities across the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces, therefore successfully reducing anti-social behaviour.
Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division tackles street litter, dog fouling and control orders, commercial and residential waste and waste disposal checks, smoking in prohibited areas, the illegal distribution of free material, criminal damage, graffiti, fly tipping and posting. To find out more about Kingdom’s Environmental Protection service, please call 0845 051 7702 or visit http://www.kingdom.co.uk/services/environmental-protection/.