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Kingdom hands out 1,400 littering fines in 7 weeks in Rotherham

clip_image002Kingdom has been praised after handing out 1,403 fines for littering and dog fouling in their first seven weeks carrying out patrols in Rotherham.

An article in the Rotherham Advertiser entitled “1,400 fines handed out by new anti-litter team in first seven weeks” announces the figure, saying that this is an increase of 11,480 per cent.

The article goes on to say: “Fixed penalties of £80 – mostly for litter – have been issued at an average of 200 a week since. If this rate was sustained, the enforcement team would more than double its 5,000 fine target for the first year ... there were a total of 360 penalties given out for the previous four years.”

Kingdom started provided Environmental Protection services in Rotherham on behalf of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in April 2017. Kingdom’s officers are patrolling known key hotspots throughout the borough, issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to anyone caught committing an environmental crime such as dropping litter (which includes cigarette ends and chewing gum) and not cleaning up dog mess. Their remit is to be widened next month.

Commenting on Kingdom’s performance so far, Councillor Emma Hoddinott, the council’s cabinet member for waste, roads and community safety, said: “Seven weeks in, we are impressed by how it’s gone. There just isn’t any excuse for people dropping litter. The majority of fines are being paid, which means it doesn’t have to go to court. I hope it will change people’s behaviour. We’ve made it clear to the team that they shouldn’t be following people or being sneaky. This is about changing behaviour rather than trying to catch people out. 

“We started with litter and dog fouling and now we are going to roll this out to include parking and fly-tipping offences. “The success for us will be when we get fewer fines because the new approach is working. The less litter is dropped, the less we need to pay to pick it up.”

Kingdom was called in by the council in order to reduce the huge £1.7million environmental crime bill that the council has to pay each year. They were asked to start work having provided a similar successful service to neighbouring Doncaster Council since January 2016. In the first year there Kingdom issued over 8,000 fixed penalty notices.

Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division is led by experts with an ex-police and military background and delivers over 270,000 Environmental Protection hours each year on behalf of local authorities up and down the UK. They issue fixed penalty notices to offenders who are seen breaking the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in streets, parks and open spaces in order to reduce anti-social behaviour.

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/