Wednesday, 14 February 2007

Council and Police promise action on loads of litter

Redcar and Cleveland Council today promised to clampdown on windblown litter louts who are causing a road safety hazard along one of the Borough's busiest roads.

Cleveland Police has given backing to the Council's initiative, aimed at tackling a long-running problem of wagons and lorries, without netting, strewing rubbish along the A1085 Trunk Road.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Environmental Improvement Councillor Bob Stanway said: "I'm sure everyone has seen the problem, which has been plaguing us for the past 18 months.

"We try to keep the problem under control, but it is not easy. For example, we can deploy crews to pick up the litter, yet within hours the road is covered again."

Councillor Stanway said: "The time has come to take action and if we can gather the necessary evidence and positively identify the culprits, we will prosecute. I am delighted to say we have the backing of the Police in trying to combat what is a real environment headache."

Inspector Eric Robinson, Head of Cleveland Police's Road Policing Unit, said: " It's important that operators keep their loads secure so that items do not fall from their vehicles causing a road safety hazard and an environmental eyesore. Patrolling officers have been alerted to this issue and will deal robustly with offenders."

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