Warning after bogus litter cop tries to fine someone in Brighton

Posted On 24 Apr 2019 at 1:19 pm

Councillor Gill Mitchell with Brighton and Hove’s new litter cops

People have been warned to be on their guard against bogus litter cops after a man tried to fine someone for dropping litter in Queens Road.

Brighton and Hove City Council tweeted yesterday that someone had been impersonating one of their enforcement officers.

It also clarified that its officers would never ask for payment on the spot.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman declined to comment further.

The city council’s new litter cops hit the streets in March, handing out advice for the first fortnight before starting to dish out fines.

It followed a controversial three-year contract with 3GS which ended in February this year after the contractor was taken over by a new company, RGS, which wanted to keep 100% of revenue from fines instead of splitting the money.

The council came under fire from residents and MPs Peter Kyle and Caroline Lucas after sole traders and home workers were fined for putting one or two cardboard boxes in residential recycling bins.

Smokers also complained they were being unfairly targeted over other litterbugs, with two in three fines in the first few months of the contract being handed out for cigarette ends. Following a review, the numbers fined over fag ends reduced.

Last week, six people accused of dropping cigarette ends by RGS officers in October ended up with court bills of £205 each and a criminal record after being found guilty in their absence at Brighton Magistrates Court.

  1. Grouchy Graham Reply

    Please, please, please stop dropping your apostrophes! Queen’s Road has one and so does Brighton Magistrates’ Court. It’s not a hard grammatical rule to master.

    • Carol O'Connor Reply

      Forget fines for dropping fag butts and start fining people who drop apostrophes.

  2. John doe Reply

    Why dont the litter police ever fine the homeless community for leaving litter where they beg or where they camp, the amount of litter left behind or is seen being dropped is outrageous.

  3. Alex Reply

    Can we have the same to police cycling on the seafront on sunny weekends? In a 60 minute walk several speeding youths on bikes on Hove promenade and the esplanade. Total disregard fro the rules and the many pedestrians including small children who were playing and running about.

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