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Fly-tipping targeted in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 22:32 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:08 06 July 2010

IT was a disappointing week for the cleansing team, which tackled 18 fly-tipping reports and offensive graffiti in the Britten Centre car park.

Mike Daniels, cleansing service manager for Waveney Norse, said: "The big issue is bags left at bin collection points.

IT was a disappointing week for the cleansing team, which tackled 18 fly-tipping reports and offensive graffiti in the Britten Centre car park.

Mike Daniels, cleansing service manager for Waveney Norse, said: “The big issue is bags left at bin collection points. We've removed them from Bevan Street, Clapham Road, Lovewell Road, Anchor Street, Lorne Road, London Road South, Reeve Street, Windsor Road, The Hemplands and Arnham Court.”

He added: “Bagged waste is not picked up as part of the waste collection service and may be treated and investigated as fly-tipping.

“We have also collected gas bottles from Bridge Road, fence panels from Manor Park Road and Anchor Street, televisions from Parkhill, Camp Road and Kimberly Road, plus beds and bedding from Norwich Road and Pakefield Street car park.”

The team has also cleaned away offensive graffiti from the Britten Centre car park.

Mr Daniels said: “Graffiti damages streets and public places. Offensive graffiti can cause alarm, harassment and distress, and we always aim to remove this as swiftly as possible.”

Graffiti offenders can be arrested and prosecuted by the police under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 and fined up to £5,000. The council has the power to Issue Fixed Penalty Notices (£80) to graffiti artists as young as 10 and prosecute writers, with fines of up to £1,000 for each offence.

To report graffiti or request removal, call Environmental Services or the cleansing team on 01502 562111 or visit the environmental protection or street cleaning pages of www.waveney.gov.uk and click on the link for graffiti.

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