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Liverpool litter louts face £80 on the spot fines

People who drop litter could be fined £80 on the spot Credit: PA

PEOPLE who drop litter on Liverpool’s streets or do not clean up after their dogs will now face a much greater chance of being penalised.

Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in the city have now been given powers to issue £80 on-the-spot penalty notices to people who litter, scrawl graffiti or allow their dogs to foul the streets.

This means an extra 40 officers - in addition to the 16 council officers who do this work – will be carrying out enforcement.

Dog walkers are warned they'll face big fines Credit: PA

“It is not just about making Liverpool look brighter. Every year we clear 14,000 tons of litter off the city’s streets at a cost of £6.5million. At a time when we are under enormous budgetary pressure this is funding we can better use to protect other services."

– Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson,

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Under water litter pick

Scuba divers from Liverpool will be doing their bit for the marine environment when they take part in an underwater litterpick in the city's docks.

Around 20 divers will plunge the depths of Dukes Dock to remove as much rubbish as they can from the area where they regularly dive.

Keith Bayley-Hamilton from the British Sub-Aqua Club said the clean-up has been organised partly to celebrate the diamond jubilee of BSAC, the governing body of UK sports diving, but also to get across an important environmental message to the club's band of young scuba divers.

As a club we do a fair bit of diving in the docks and want to tackle the problem of rubbish that has collected in the docks over time.

"It seems to be a case of out of sight and out of mind. There is such a lot of life living in the docks, from dogfish to conger eels and crabs to jelly fish but they have to share the environment with car tyres and wheels, number plates, old bikes and huge amounts of plastic and glass bottles.

"It's a real shame and we want to instil a sense of pride into our young cadets while teaching them something about the importance of protecting the environment.

– Keith Bayley-Hamilton