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  On-the-spot litter fines branded 'bonkers'
Updated 01 November 2002, 11.11
The plans include litter dropping and handing out flyers
Litter-droppers could be fined 50 if they're caught throwing rubbish in the street.

Bin men and street cleaners could be given the power to make on-the-spot fines, under plans being considered by the government to keep our streets tidy.

This could include people who drop chewing gum, draw graffiti and hand out fly posters.

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The fines could be dished out by bin men
It's all part of a government plan to clean up streets, parks and public places.

But a spokesman for a bin men's union said the idea was "bonkers".

It's crazy to think of dust carts tearing down the streets in "hot pursuit" of people who've dropped a piece of litter, the spokesman said.

At the moment, only 1,000 people a year are prosecuted for dropping litter in the UK.

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Are kids the worst litterbugs?
opening quoteI try to put litter in the bin, but I know lots of my friends sometimes don't, so maybe we are the worst.closing quote
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