Litter louts as young as 10 can now be fined £80 if they drop rubbish in an Oxford street or park – and their parents could end up in court.This will, of course, be welcomed by some.
Oxford City Council’s executive board has sanctioned new powers to take the tough line with youngsters as part of its ongoing war on litter.
It'll certainly be welcomed by those the good Captain pointed out to us.
It'll be welcomed by those who see gangs of youths behaving with impunity, and who assume that this will be used against them. It won't. The litter enforcers will be avoiding them; they might get a mouthful of abuse, or worse. No, they will be waiting instead to collar a 12 year old girl who goes to throw a sweet wrapper into a bin and has the wind blow it out of her hand and onto the floor.
John Tanner, the council's executive member for a cleaner Oxford, said: “At the moment anybody under 18 cannot receive an on-the-spot fine, but we know from experience some of the biggest litter droppers are under 18.I think John Tanner need a new dictionary - his current one seems to have a very bizarre definition of the term 'heavy handed'...
“This is another piece in the jigsaw of getting our streets clean. It is not heavy handed.
“If they don’t pay the parents will be taken to court.”
And in case you think I'm making too much of this, or I would just like to see us all knee-deep in crisp packets and humbug wrappers, read on:
But Mr Tanner said the policy would not be used against foreign language students, who had blighted city parks with litter during late night parties, because they would have returned home before a fine could be enforced.As I pointed out above: easy prey. Only. If the goal was litter reduction, and not fines, they'd be targetting everyone equally. Wouldn't they?