TORRIDGE District Concil has agreed to hand out fines for a range of environmental offences, including littering, graffiti and fly-tipping. The fines, issued as Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), are a visible way of dealing with low-level environmental crime

TORRIDGE District Concil has agreed to hand out fines for a range of environmental offences, including littering, graffiti and fly-tipping.The fines, issued as Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), are a visible way of dealing with low-level environmental crime. Lead Member for Waste and Recycling in Torridge, Councillor Adam Symons said: "Littering, dog fouling, dumping of black sacks and graffiti cause misery for some people. The aim is to send a clear message to those who are defacing our streets that their actions will not be tolerated."Where problems occur, enforcement action initially begins with advice, which, if unsuccessful, progresses to the issuing of formal warnings or notices. There is also the option of formal prosecution should the circumstances warrant it. FPNs are another tool in the armoury of the council to stop anti-social behaviour.