Council amends policy in bid to avoid criminalising young people

Newtownabbey Borough Council has warned people that if they mess up, they'd better clean up or they'll have to pay up. INNT 03-080-FP

Newtownabbey Borough Council has warned people that if they mess up, they'd better clean up or they'll have to pay up. INNT 03-080-FP

THE council’s Environment Committee has voted to amended its Enforcement Policy in an effort to avoid criminalising young people.

At their monthly meeting last week, committee members agreed that issuing fixed penalty notices to persons under the age of 18 for offences such as littering should only be considered when other avenues of dealing with the matter have been exhausted.

The move comes after the Department of the Environment issued guidance to local authorities recommending that every effort be made to avoid criminalising young people and that issuing fixed penalty notices should be considered as a last resort.

 

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