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Undercover Spies Given Anti-Terror Powers To Stalk Dog Foulers & Litterbugs

Kelly Fenna
Daily Post [1]
Thursday, May 14, 2009

UNDERCOVER poop snoops are set to stalk dog foulers and litter louts who blight streets and parks across Denbighshire.

New plain-clothed wardens have been given powers to respond to complaints and target persistent offenders.

Those who flick cigarette butts, drop rubbish or don’t clean up after their pets will be coming under the watchful eye of the county’s CCTV system – before being hit in the pocket.



The council describes the move as the “latest offensive in the battle against the most complained about environment crimes” and said they may even use anti-terror laws under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act that provides surveillance powers to prevent crime.

Two new covert enforcement officers – whose roles are designed solely for the task – will be dishing out more fixed penalty notices as the authority admits their number of fines are “below target.”

The wardens, who are able to decide whether they want to wear a uniform or go undercover, will travel to any location in the county to clamp down on offenders in a bid to reassure the public that problems are being attended to quickly.

Full story here. [1]