Redbridge Council has enlisted a new enforcement contractor to strengthen its stance on those who litter or do not clean up after their dogs.

Local Authority Support (Kingdom) enforcement services will be introducing more uniformed street patrols across the borough - £150 fines will be handed out to residents caught littering, including cigarette butts.

The new team will carry out regular daily patrols and identify “hot spot” areas and issue fines, when necessary.

John Howard, cabinet member for civic pride, said: We’re really proud of our borough and we will do everything we can to make it as clean and tidy as possible for people who live and work here.

“That is why we will be once again targeting those selfish individuals who show complete disregard for the local community and environment by fly-tipping, littering and allowing their dogs to foul our streets and footpaths.

“The recent recruitment of nearly 40 new staff to our street cleaning division shows that we are firmly committed to keeping our neighbourhoods clean and tidy. As a council, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to address environmental crime. We believe this partnership will enable us to address this problem and other related offences.”

The officers will wear clear uniforms, a body worn camera and will identify themselves when dealing with the public.

A penalty charge (Fixed Penalty Notice) of £150 will be issued to anyone aged 18 or over caught dropping litter, including cigarette butts, or failing to pick up after their dog.

Anyone issued with an FPN has 14 days to pay the £150 fine without further court action being taken.

Should payment failed to be made it may be appropriate for a formal prosecution to be taken that could result in a larger financial fine and court conviction.