Enviro-crime - lets all get dressed up and pretend we are Eliot Ness and The Untouchables
A single mother has been fined £75 for "littering" after her daughter dropped a piece of sausage roll on the pavement.
Sarah Davies, 20, was feeding Chloe, four, when the roll slipped from her grasp inches from her daughter's mouth and fell to the floor...
“A tiny bit missed her mouth and fell on the floor and seconds later some pigeons flew down and grabbed it. I crossed the road and was approached by two men - at first I thought they were canvassers as they were dressed in tracksuit bottoms.
“But one came up to me, said he was from the council and said I was going to be fined for dropping litter.”
She added: “I felt really small and humiliated. I was treated like I was a criminal. Where is the common sense? It was a small, bite-sized piece - just big enough for her mouth.
“I went back to take a picture of the 'litter’, but it had been gobbled by pigeons. There was no litter there at all.”
Hull City Council confirmed a fixed penalty ticket had been issued by a member of its Environment Crime Unit.
A spokeswoman for Hull City Council said: “The issuing of the fixed penalty notice is the result of the mother’s actions and not as a result of child’s.”
Hull City Council is stepping up the battle to tackle enviro-criminals by using the CCTV and covert surveillance equipment.
In a bid to proactively catch enviro-criminals and to reduce anti-social behaviour, Citysafe's Environmental Crime Unit is working with colleagues in the council's CCTV network, Civic One, to obtain footage of environmental crimes..
Already the use of surveillance equipment covertly deployed within neighbourhoods and the Council's CCTV network is starting to make a real difference....n addition, the Council will also make CCTV footage available to the local media to show the crimes in action and to name and shame those involved.
Hull City Council's zero tolerance on environmental crime means that culprits will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.
I wonder if they have a Enviro-crime Thought Police, could they arrest me for just imagining littering the lamp posts of Hull with the bodies of local politicians?