Litter louts face tougher penalties

LITTER louts and irresponsible dog owners will receive bigger fines under new laws granted to the council.

From Sunday (April 1) new powers were introduced to allow the Newtownabbey Borough Council to set the level of fines for littering and dog fouling and other offences.

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment

Act those found littering or contravening dog control orders will face a fine of £80.

While those responsible for high levels of noise in neighbourhood areas or ignoring litter control orders on streets could be hit with a £110 fixed penalty notice.

The fines are designed to act as a deterrent and could be reduced if paid within 10 days of a notice being issued.