FIRM ACCUSED OF GOING FOR ‘EASY TARGETS’ AFTER FINES
KINGDOM has been accused of going for “easy targets” after handing out 53 times more tickets for littering compared to dog fouling. Data obtained by our sister paper the Daily Post show that between October and December 2017, the firm’s officers slapped people with 1,180 littering fines compared to just 22 for dog mess across Wrexham. Wrexham council, which employs the firm, recently launched a crackdown on pet owners who do not scoop up their dog mess following a rise in complaints. Marc Jones, county councillor for Wrexham’s Grosvenor ward, said it was time the enforcement company took the issue seriously. “There is a growing problem surrounding dog fouling and it needs to be tackled,” he said. “The problem is Kingdom look like they are going for easy targets and focusing on litter and cigarette butts, but not tackling the harder part of their contract which is dog fouling. It is an issue I have raised with council officers.” Wrexham council’s lead member for environment and transport, Cllr David A Bithell, said: “We will tackle all forms of environmental offences, including both littering and dog fouling, and those who fail to comply with bylaws can expect enforcement action. People should not be littering, and those caught littering will be fined.” Kingdom Security was approached for a comment. Flintshire council, which also employs the firm, launched an investigation last month after shopper Susan Little was accused of dropping a cigarette butt by an enforcement officer, but CCTV showed she was innocent. It was the second time in recent months the firm was in the wrong for handing out fines, after a crown court judge cleared Maria Tracey of dropping a cigarette butt at Prestatyn Retail Park.