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Kingdom starts tackling anti-social behaviour in Plymouth

Kingdom started patrolling the streets of Plymouth on Monday 19th March as part of a crack down on dog fouling, littering and fly tipping. We recently reported that we had been awarded a 12-month pilot contract to provide environmental protection services in the Devon city.

To mark the start of the new service, the Leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer gave an interview to the local Plymouth Herald, which is included here:


OFFICERS_PCC_010Our officers are issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to £100 to anyone caught dropping litter, not cleaning up after their dog, or dumping their rubbish illegally. Anyone caught littering of fly-posting is being given an FPN of £80, whilst anyone caught not cleaning up after their dog is being handed a FPN of £100. Fly-tipping is an offence that will cost those caught carrying it out £400.

Our presence is part of a campaign that has been launched by Plymouth City Council that asks residents “can you afford not to pick up after yourself?” Although council officers are trained in gathering and reporting evidence, the number of officers is small, meaning that there has only been a limited presence out and about on the streets and in public places up until now. Our officers will be guided by the council’s existing expert and experienced staff, allowing us to proactively deal with issues in the city rather than just reactively respond.

OFFICERS_PCC_014Commenting on the service, Councillor Bowyer (pictured right with our team) said: “I am immensely proud of this city and I’m passionate about keeping it clean.

I want to respond to the overwhelming view of responsible Plymouth residents who consistently ask me for tougher action to combat these anti-social actions that blight our lives.

“That’s why we’ve introduced these new teams to beef up our enforcement activities.

“If you don’t offend, you have absolutely nothing to worry about but if you drop litter, don’t pick up after your dog, fly-post or fly-tip, then be prepared to pay.”

Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities, Councillor David Downie, said: “This move is all about ensuring that Plymouth is a cleaner city for us all.

“For too long a minority have blighted it for us all and I am pleased that offenders will be punished for their selfish actions.”

Members of the public are being urged to contact the council if they see an offence being committed, and if they are able to identify the person or people responsible and provide a witness statement then it may be possible for an FPN to be issued.

Kingdom has a proven record of delivering a cleaner, safer and greener environment for members of your community. Last year, over £1 billion was spent cleaning the UK streets. To help reduce this cost to the taxpayer, Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Division deploys fully trained uniformed officers into identified ‘problem areas’ in order to deal with littering, dog fouling and other environmental enforcement issues. We operate a range of payment schemes all guaranteeing no cost to the local authority. Instead, our costs are recovered by the Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) we issue which have resulted in us raising over £3.3m for local authorities during the last 12 months.

If you would like 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/

Photos and videos from: https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/dog-fouling-police-now-patrolling-1359364