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Litter campaign hailed as success

An enforcement campaign targeting litter louts in Wearside has been hailed as a success.

Street wardens from Wear Valley District Council issued 44 fixed penalty notices for littering during the week-long crackdown.

Free "stubbi" pouches were given out across the district to discourage people from throwing cigarette ends and chewing gum on pavements.

A council spokeswoman said the campaign had a noticeable impact on cleanliness.

Street warden supervisor Debbie Hibbitts said: "The standard of the cleanliness of the main streets in the Wear Valley area during the enforcement week was outstanding.

"This was thanks to joint efforts of the public being responsible, the street wardens enforcing the offence and the street cleaners working hard to pick the litter and sweep the streets."


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