Offenders clear litter

Offenders on Community Payback helping to clear litter in Ashington.
Offenders on Community Payback helping to clear litter in Ashington.

Groups of offenders on Community Payback have been clearing litter as part of their community rehabilitation.

The offenders have been litter picking at Blackclose Dene and North Seaton as part of the Love Northumberland Hate Litter campaign.

Liz Kelly, director of offender management, Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company, said: “This is a great way for offenders to repay local communities for the crimes they have committed.

“It also helps them to reintegrate into local communities, learning new skills and taking a pride in the local community.”

The campaign aims is to raise awareness about problems caused by litter and help reduce it.

A key part is the council working with key partners and community groups including schools, businesses, local community action groups and public agencies to reduce litter.

The campaign also includes the most extensive level of enforcement activity across Northumberland to catch and fine the small minority that drop litter.

In June alone 54 people were issued with £50 fixed penalties for dropping litter by officers of the council’s Environmental Enforcement Team in Alnwick, Amble, Ashington, Berwick, Blyth, Cramlington, Haltwhistle, Hexham, Morpeth, Seaton Delaval and Seahouses.

Five people were also successfully prosecuted for littering offences last month, receiving fines and costs ranging from £120 to £270.

Members of the public can nominate a project for Community Payback by visiting http://www.northumbriacrc.co.uk/workingwithcommunities/communitypayback.html