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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 September, 2004, 06:55 GMT 07:55 UK
Gum 'police' hand out red cards
A gum-speckled road
An estimated 300,000 pieces of gum are stuck to Oxford Street
A football "referee" will be handing out red cards to anyone caught dropping chewing gum in Oxford Street as part of a campaign to clean up the area.

The look-a-like of Pierluigi Collina and an Italian football team will give out the warnings on Wednesday on behalf of Westminster City Council.

A survey of 503 people commuting into central London showed that 92.2% had found gum stuck to their shoes.

Westminster says it pays 90,000 a year to clean up gum on its streets.

It estimates there are about 300,000 pieces of gum stuck to Oxford Street, in London's busiest shopping district, at any time.

A total of 67% of those interviewed supported a tax on gum companies to pay to clean up the streets.

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