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Litter lout squad is back on the streets.

Byline: CHRIS BROWN

COUNCIL officials will take to the streets of Liverpool for a second time and fine people for dropping litter.

Last month dozens of people were taken to court for everything from their dog's fouling to dropping a match.

The day is part of a major campaign to make Liverpool a cleaner city under the slogan ``It's Your City, Don't Mess it Up. ''

The first action day resulted in 22 people being successfully prosecuted for dropping litter and three for allowing their dogs to foul. They were each fined pounds 60 and ordered to pay pounds 75 costs.

Among them was Gary Colbert, from Seaforth, who was told to pay pounds 135 by Liverpool magistrates for dropping a matchs tick last month.

Teams of council officers will be carrying out the special enforcement operation in the city centre and other hots pots for environmental crimes. The actual date is not being identified.

Councillor Marilyn Fielding, Executive Member for Neighbourhood Management, said: ``This is the latest in a series of enforcement days. We are not letting up on combating litter, graffiti, fly tipping and other environmental crimes.

``When we carried out our last enforcement day some people questioned why we were prosecuting people for dropping cigarette ends.

``While officers are not specifically targeting people who drop cigarette ends it should be recognised this a big part of our litter problem.

``Each year we remove two tonnes of smoking- related material from the streets of Liverpool. It has to be accepted, despite what some people appear to think, that cigarette ends are litter.

``We intend to continue with this enforcement action until the message gets across -- Don't mess up Liverpool. ''

A spokesman for Merseyside Fire Service said: ``If the council is going to stop people putting cigarettes out they need to have a safe way of doing this. Outside many buildings and our own offices we have a container filled with damp sand so that staff who smoke can put their cigarettes out. ''

Liverpool's tax payers pay pounds 7-pounds 8m a year on cleaning the city's streets.

Information about environmental crime is available on www. liverpool. gov. uk
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Date:Nov 17, 2004
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