Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council are promising a “litter crackdown” to clean up the town’s streets for the new decade.

They say that community safety patrols will have a focus on litterers, and anyone caught littering could end up in Magistrates’ Court.

Councillor Simon Bound, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships at the council, said: “The council takes a zero-tolerance approach to littering across the borough and this campaign aims to educate and, if necessary, take enforcement action.

“We are pleased to be taking the lead in cleaning up our borough but we encourage communities to get involved by organising a community litter pick or by reporting litter to us.”

The increased focus will take place throughout January and February, and will see offenders issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 and further costs, should they be found guilty in a Magistrates’ Court.

Residents can report litter by visiting the council’s website at: