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Monthly Walsall litter fines hit £1,000

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New litter watchdogs have dished out nearly £1,000 worth of fines in Walsall in just over a month.

Private enforcement firm 3GS came in to the borough at the end of September to clamp down on environmental offences, as well as including dog fouling and fly-tipping.

Since being introduced the firm has handed out a dozen £80 fixed penalty notices to people for littering.

Walsall Council clean and green boss, Chris Jones, said: "The enforcement team 3GS is now a regular feature in our town centre and wider areas.

"Officers can give on the spot fines for littering and dog fouling.

"Their presence has been welcomed by shoppers, residents and businesses.

"Since the team started patrolling in Walsall town centre alone, their high visibility is already acting as a deterrent.

"The role of 3GS in public spaces is helping educate those who are not thinking about their actions and reminding them that bins are in the town centre and placed across the borough for a reason.

"That said, if people choose to ignore this fact they will find themselves facing a hefty fine."

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