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News - 5 November 2009

Clubbers and drinkers forced to clean up after themselves

Police patrols in Newcastle-upon-Tyne are stopping pub- and club-goers who they observe fouling the streets and ordering them to clean the pavement with a disinfectant spray.

Offenders are offered the option of paying a £80 fixed-penalty or cleaning up using the spray after being caught urinating in the street.

Sergeant Claire Lawson said: 'Quite often it is simply laziness on the part of offenders, and a false perception that this is an acceptable practice. It isn't.' Humiliated:

Police are targeting those seen urinating, being sick or dropping litter. Operation Jersey, as it was named, was carried out in response to concerns about late-night disorder. Five people were fined for littering, with a further 12 hit with fixed penalty notices for urinating in public.

Sgt Lawson added: 'This is all about making the city centre a safer, more pleasant place for everyone to enjoy.' Since January, police have warned or summonsed 607 people for urinating in public. This led to that offence being a key target of the operation, which was carried out to mark the start of Not In My Neighbourhood Week.

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