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County cleaner thanks to campaign

Fly-tipping has been cut in Kent thanks to the success of a campaign aimed at getting rid of rubbish in the county.

Clean Kent was set up four years ago and includes representatives from the fire and police services, and district, borough and county councils.

Co-ordinator Melanie Price said its aim was to tackle litter, rubbish fires, fly-tippers, graffiti and dog fouling.

She said since it was launched there had been a 15% drop in fly-tipping and a 40% drop in rubbish fires.

Ms Price urged the public to notify the campaign of any incidents which needed investigating, and to pass on descriptions of offenders and their vehicles.

"There is a great deal of concern across the county's residents that they feel they should have the right to a clean and safe environment, and we feel exactly the same, which is why we came together as a campaign," she added.


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