Readers help to identify litter louts

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Standard readers have helped to identify seven of the 13 people featured on last week’s front page suspected of littering our streets.

The anti-littering campaign, relaunched in partnership with Boston Borough Council, saw CCTV images of people the authority wanted to speak to over suspected littering printed.

A council spokesman said three of the people featured had been positively identified and will be seen by the authority’s environmental crime enforcement team.

They said work is now taking place to confirm the identities of the other four about whom members of the public have passed on information.

Coun Stephen Woodliffe, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for environmental health and community safety, said: “There has been some public criticism. Consultation by the council with the public shows concerns about public urination, defecation and littering to always be high. Use of the CCTV cameras is a highly-effective way of responding to these concerns and we are grateful for the assistance of the Boston Standard in this.

“As with all operational use of CCTV, those who are doing nothing wrong, have nothing to fear. We will continue to use all means at our disposal, including CCTV, to keep our streets clean and safe for both residents and visitors.”

The first 13 people the council wants to speak to in connection with suspected incidents of public urination and littering were featured on the front page of last week’s Boston Standard.

Once the offenders are positively identified they receive an invitation to visit the CCTV suite to see for themselves all of the filmed evidence.

The plan is to feature the campaign in the Standard and the Boston Bulletin once a month.

All information received from the public will be confidential.

This is the fourth time that Boston Borough Council has waged war on litterbugs using its sophisticated CCTV cameras and organisers said the campaign has demonstrated its effectiveness at helping reduce littering.

Litter includes cigarette ends thrown to the ground and the penalty is a £75 fine. After January 31, spitting will be dealt with in the same way.