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Bigger fines for litter louts.

LITTER louts can be fined up to pounds 80 under a package of new local authority powers which come into force next week.

The move is part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act.

Increases in fines from pounds 50 to pounds 80 will come in.

Councils will also be able to stop people from handing out flyers and leaflets in designated areas and fine shops for selling take-away food if they refuse to clear up litter outside their premises.

Councils will also get powers to silence burglar alarms within 20 minutes and put in place new dog control orders, such as restrictions on the number of dogs that can be walked by one person at one time.

Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett said: "People want clean, safe and quiet neighbourhoods.

"As such, their view of how well their local council is performing is strongly influenced by how effectively it manages the local environment."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 31, 2006
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