Response to Name and Shame campaign
You supplied information on seven of 13
Information from Boston Standard readers has been received by Boston Borough Council about the identities of seven of the 13 people featured in the anti-littering Name and Shame campaign re-launched last Wednesday.
Three have been positively identified and will be seen by the council's environmental crime enforcement team. Work is now taking place to confirm the identities of the other four about whom members of the public have passed on information.
The first 13 people the council wants to speak to in connection with incidents of public urination and littering were featured on the front page of last week's Boston Standard. The council's CCTV cameras capture filmed evidence and a still of individuals who cannot be identified will be released. Offenders receive an invitation to visit the CCTV suite to see for themselves all of the filmed evidence.
Name and Shame will feature in the Standard and the Boston Bulletin once every month.
All information received from the public will be confidential and the identities of those who pass on information will never be revealed.
Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for environmental health and community safety said: "There has been some public criticism of Name and Shame. Consultation by the council with the public shows concerns about public urination, defecation and littering to always be high. Use of the CCTV cameras is a highly-effective way of responding to these concerns and we are grateful for the assistance of the Boston Standard in this.
"As with all operational use of CCTV, those who are doing nothing wrong, have nothing to fear. We will continue to use all means at our disposal, including CCTV, to keep our streets clean and safe for both residents and visitors."
This is the fourth time that Boston Borough Council has waged war on litterbugs using its sophisticated CCTV cameras and Name and Shame has demonstrated its effectiveness at helping reduce the amounts of litter dropped.
Litter includes cigarette ends thrown to the ground and the penalty is a £75 fixed penalty. After January 31, spitting will be dealt with in the same way.