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Kingdom has a great start tackling litter in Peterborough

Peterborough-city-council-thumbnailKingdom has started a 12 month pilot agreement with Peterborough City Council to enforce a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in the city, and has so far made a fantastic start.

Beginning on Monday 12th June, Kingdom issued 452 fines in their first 10 days on patrol. 318 of the fines were for littering, 131 were for unauthorised cycling, two were for spitting and one was for urination.

The new PSPO and the new contract with Kingdom are part of additional measures which the council is taking to tackle environmental crime and anti-social behaviour in the city. The PSPO targets the offences of littering, spitting and failing to dispose of alcohol or leave an area if requested to do so by an authorised officer.

Five Kingdom officers are patrolling Peterborough City centre. No fines are being issued for the first six weeks of the PSPO while Prevention and Enforcement officers talk to residents about the order, but Kingdom officers will be issuing £80 fixed penalty notices (FPNs), as well as giving out on the spot fines for other offences, such as dog fouling, fly-tipping and graffiti.

Commenting on the new initiatives, Councillor Irene Walsh, Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment Capital, said: “These measures are a step forward in tackling anti-social behaviour and environmental crime in our city which can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of the local community. The roll out of the second PSPO and the pilot with Kingdom is about making the city a safer, cleaner and more attractive place for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

A spokeswoman for the city’s Prevention and Enforcement Service said it had received “very positive feedback from residents since Kingdom’s arrival.” She added: “These figures clearly show a need for enforcement in the city centre and Kingdom officers are providing the much needed resource to do this.”

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/