1. ITV Report

School children aim to keep streets litter-free

Pupils from three primary schools have designed posters Credit: Durham County Council

School children are helping to spread the word about keeping County Durham's streets litter-free.

Pupils from three primary schools in Crook have designed posters encouraging people to dispose of their litter responsibly.

The youngsters were challenged to come up with the designs as part of a project by the 3 Towns Partnership and Durham County Council's civic pride team to raise awareness among young people of environmental issues.

One winner from each school was chosen to have their design made into a poster to be displayed by local businesses.

The initiative also saw representatives from the AAP and civic pride team leading assemblies at each of the participating schools.

It was very obvious that the children had really taken on board the messages from the litter assemblies as the standard of the posters was very high - it was so hard picking just one winner from each school."

– Sandy Denney, AAP coordinator

Dropping litter is an offence for which people can be issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice (FPN).

If they fail to pay the FPN they can betaken to court and fined up to £2,500.