Litter louts in spotlight in Rothesay crackdown

Alan McFarlane from the Golfers Bar, one of the local businesses backing an awareness-raising campaign on the penalties for dropping litter, with Constable Heather Simpson from Police Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council amenities warden Jim Ferguson.

Alan McFarlane from the Golfers Bar, one of the local businesses backing an awareness-raising campaign on the penalties for dropping litter, with Constable Heather Simpson from Police Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council amenities warden Jim Ferguson.

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Police Scotland and Argyll and Bute Council teamed up in Rothesay this week for a crackdown on the dropping of litter in the town’s streets.

Council amenities warden Jim Ferguson and police constable Heather Simpson visited pubs, takeaways and other business premises in the town where customers often generate plenty of waste as part of a National Litter Day crackdown.

“Littering has carried an £80 fine since April 1,” Jim said, “whether it’s a drinks can or a cigarette end.

“The Environmental Protection Act 1990 allows a fixed penalty to be issued when two witnesses have seen littering taking place.

“When the witness isn’t a police officer members of the public can contact police with the details of the offence.”

* More details in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, June 12.