1. ITV Report

Littering fines in Stockton-on-Tees raised to £130

People caught littering in Stockton-on-Tees will now face a £130 fixed penalty fine.

Councillors agreed to set the increased fine at a meeting of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet.

It's after new figures reveal the cost of cleaning the country's streets and countryside costs the taxpayer almost £800 million a year.

The new fine will come into force from Monday (April 23) and the £130 will be reduced to £90 if paid within seven days.

Each year we spend a lot of time and money picking up litter from our streets.

These changes come after a national survey found that 85 per cent of people are in favour of increased fines.

We hope it will act as a clear deterrent to the minority of people responsible to dispose of their litter properly.

The increase is not about making money, and for us, success would be that we didn’t have to issue any fines in the years ahead.

– Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety