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Litter crackdown targets children
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Children as young as 12 face fines if they are caught dropping litter
Children as young as 12 could face fines if they are caught dropping rubbish in an area of Lancashire.

Blackpool Council has decided to include youngsters in its 'get tough' stance in a bid to reduce the amount of litter outside schools and colleges.

It claims the areas are potential magnets for food wrappers, drinks bottles and cigarette ends.

The fines will also apply to people who take their dogs for a walk but fail to clean up after them when they foul.

The new move is in direct response to community concerns; local residents and businesses want cleaner streets and tougher action against perpetrators.

It also forms part of an action plan which evolved from the Council's Litter Scrutiny Committee, which requested that environment officers prioritise and address the problem of litter.

Unreasonable behaviour

Cllr Fred Jackson, Cabinet Member for the Urban Environment, said: "The majority of students and pupils are responsible and place their rubbish in a nearby bin or take it home.

"Unfortunately, the minority spoil it for everyone else and can make the area look unsightly.

"Most pupils attending secondary education are mature enough to realise that throwing litter away in a public open space is unreasonable behaviour, but they may not be aware that such an offence could result in a fixed penalty notice.

"The council takes the public's concerns about litter very seriously and we want to highlight to youngsters and their parents that we can and will take appropriate action."

It now costs British taxpayers more than 500m each year to fund street sweeping and litter removal.

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