FIRM AC­CUSED OF GO­ING FOR ‘EASY TAR­GETS’ AF­TER FINES

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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.

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