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Camera-Wearing Enforcement Officers To Clamp Down On Anti-Social Behaviour

Wednesday August 6 2014

ENFORCEMENT officers wearing body cameras will be patrolling Barnsley's streets in a bid to clamp down on littering and dog fouling.

Central, Dearne, North, North East and South area councils have joined forces to target those individuals who fail to clean up after themselves.

A 12-month initiative in partnership with private sector company will see an additional twelve full-time and one part-time enforcement officers patrolling streets across the areas from August 11.

The new officers will wear body cameras while on duty, so that all enforcement activity can be monitored.

It costs the council over £1.2 million a year to clean up litter and dog mess.

Are you pleased about this? Will this clean up the town? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by ....!! on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 11:13
go in cemetery and fine people for letting dogs s!!t there they will make the £1.2million back in no time amount of people who take there dogs in AND let them roam all over

Reply Posted by Resident on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 11:18
They need to spend the money on the public path i.e new school path inbetween the pinfold estate and crompton road in Royston if the dog poo doesn't get you the nettles will all the money they spent putting a path in was a waste of time it's so over grown you can't see the path it's a dumping ground for who ever wants to clear their gardens

Reply Posted by Rog on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 11:23
How about all the cars which block pavements?...

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 11:26
Give me a camera and I could get you enough footage to cover costs, both dog fouling and fly tipping

Reply Posted by Dan on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 11:35
Nothing ever happens just another waste of people's money there wouldn't be enough court time to prosecute them all Stop filling us up with false pretences what about spot fines if they have any money

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 13:52
Dear Dan I have seen at first hand today someone discarding a cigerete end and duly been issued with a fine.

Reply Posted by Thingybobby on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 12:00
Most of us are responsible dog owners, who have poo bags in the pockets of everything we wear.
The real culprits simply let their dogs out to defacate, at will, or like the other day, two teenagers were walking a dog on our estate and thought it hilarious that it should poo on the path and refused to pick it up, even when challenged.
This initiative is yet another sledgehammer to crack a nut, which brings with it a gross intrusion into our privacy.

Reply Posted by Sheila White on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 12:47
Am I pleased about this? Very! Find out why at www.litterpreventionprogram.com - we are dedicated to lowering the overall rate of littering. Littering is bad for communities, the environment and the public psyche. It is an anti-social act, a character disorder that ought rightfully to be kept in check.

Reply Posted by guy fawkes on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 13:50
Sheila can you do anything about the overgrown roundabout at the bottom of race common road this roundabout does little to enhance the beauty of the town end and if entering Barnsley from the m1 you clap eyes on this horticultural mish mash of an eye sore,the round about near the college is how the race common road one should be with the mining theme.

Reply Posted by Brian on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 13:14
This initiative should be Borough wide and with significantly more people working on it. Modest basic wage and then a percentage of the money taken in fines paid as commission. Everyone wins, apart from the people who despoil our town.

Reply Posted by watch the government on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 14:19
this is not about litter or dog fouling its about setting up income streams the same as speed cameras do.. it will then move on to jay walking, not wearing a shirt in the summer and any other thing they can fine us for...

Reply Posted by Dan on Wednesday August 6 2014 at 15:17
That's good that guy but did he or will he ever pay up NO

Reply Posted by Collet on Thursday August 7 2014 at 08:51
Have the given the enforcement officers jobs to reduntant bin men or to some of there own relatives or friends,the easy way to stop dog fouling and litter louts is to up the fines £500 quid first offence and thenif they get caught again double. If one gets seen driving using a mobile or without seat belt your find, same should apply to taking the dog for a walk without a pooper scooper?

Reply Posted by Mike on Thursday August 7 2014 at 12:20
My bin gets emptied, but not all of it goes in the truck. Litter louts.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Friday August 8 2014 at 09:13
What does the Police do these days??? when there not sat in the station filling out forms and eating kebabs.???

Reply Posted by carl on Sunday August 10 2014 at 10:54
well none of that 1.2 million clears dogger up on barber street or green street in hoyland its horrendous and many complaints go in but they want us to do the work and catch people what a joke

Reply Posted by AHR on Sunday August 10 2014 at 14:27
With all the cutbacks bet they get paid Crap wages !

Reply Posted by Linda Ash on Tuesday August 12 2014 at 10:34
"It's been a problem for years, so it's about time something's finally being done about it. Let's hope the perpetrators are caught in the act and fined accordingly."

Reply Posted by Joe S on Tuesday August 12 2014 at 10:40
I really hope it's a success. Now that the town centre's redevelopment is happening it's about time that this problem is sorted.

Reply Posted by Don Webster on Saturday August 30 2014 at 10:39
The action is very welcome but let us have fair system.
Two or three days ago an acquaintance of mine who has two greyhounds arrived in the "Longfields" at Darton and immediately one of the dog defecated, this was picked up in a poo bag and whilst doing this the second dog did the same behind her back. This was spotted by one of the officers who filmed the action. When it was pointed out to her and given a ticket she asked where it was and stated that she would pick it up. This was declined and she was told she would have to pay the fine. The officer had witnessed her picking up the first offence and it would have been nice to see him show her where it was and just give her a warning. I have seen her on many occasions and can verify that she does pick up the poo. Lets have a little common sense or,as she did, people will get very angry. I think that she has a very good case to go to court but it was pointed out to her that it could cost her £2500 if she lost her case. Where is the justice? I also think that this is just another cash cow for Barnsley council. Litter is a much worse problem and yet usually goes unpunished (Unless the officers are going to patrol at night time and particularly at weekends when there is broken glass, tins,piza boxes etc. and all within 25 yards of the waste bin near the picnic tables. Get your priorities right.

Reply Posted by Sue on Tuesday November 11 2014 at 11:52
Great idea but the areas should be extended. Barugh Green has been blighted by litter which is dropped by Construction College students- our only clean times are when the College is closed.

Reply Posted by Anon on Thursday June 11 2015 at 15:27
these officers only catch a very very small minority and certainly not the worse offenders. where's the justice in that ?????????????????????