Slap the litter pests with £5000 fine if they mess with us

Sunday Mail|July 12, 2020

Slap the litter pests with £5000 fine if they mess with us
Calls for higher penalties for leaving rubbish
John Ferguson

An MP is demanding fines for littering in Scotland be increased to £5000.

Alyn Smith, whose Stirling constituency covers the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, has made the call in response to fury at rubbish left by day-trippers.

He has written to Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf outlining his proposals for higher penalties after it emerged 21 people charged would only face maximum fines of £500.

He said: “Stirling is the beautiful heart of Scotland and everyone is welcome but littering and fly-tipping is a massive problem and the existing laws are not tough enough. What we have seen in the national park area in recent weeks is nothing short of appalling.

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July 12, 2020