BARNSLEY Council has clamped down on people who drop litter - and have issued 33 fixed penalty notices.

Cllr Roy Miller said: "We're serious about making Barnsley a cleaner, greener and safer place. Litter is a highly visible blight on our local environment, and the council deals with hundreds of complaints every year about it."

The council's Community Safety and Enforcement Service handed out the penalties and in total, over the three days, just 28 fewer notices were issued than in the entire financial year of 2012/13.

While the majority of fixed penalty notices were issued in the town centre, notices were also issued in Grimethorpe, Old Town and Cudworth.

Cllr Miller added: "Litter can deter investment and it makes our town look run down and uncared for. It also costs the council tax payers of Barnsley a fortune to clear off our streets every year.

"In these times of reduced council spending, due to government cuts, the council can ill afford the staggering £1million it costs to pick up litter and clean graffiti across the borough."

If you've witnessed incidents of littering, you're urged to call 01226 772468.