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  'Green' police may keep UK tidier
Updated 12 May 2004, 08.39
Campaigners want 'green' police
A special 'green' police force to stop graffiti, litter dropping and pollution is needed according to campaigners.

Keep Britain Tidy even want separate courts to deal with the people the 'green' police would be arresting.

They think the way things work at the moment is too expensive and the law isn't strong enough to force people to clean up their act.

Last year 450m was spent keeping UK streets tidy, but only 169 people were taken to court for dropping rubbish.

Things are very different in other countries:

  • In Amsterdam, Holland, environmental police handed out around 7,000 penalties in 2002
  • A first-time litter dropper in Singapore gets a heavy fine, has to pick up litter for an hour and has their name and photo in national papers
  • Thousands of car drivers in Texas, US, have been fined as much as $1,000 (570) for dropping litter

Keep Britain Tidy plans to teach people who might be involved in environmental court cases more about the effect the crimes have.

They're worried that lawyers and magistrates don't know enough about the cases they are dealing with.

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