Episode 14 Filthy Rotten Scoundrels


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Series investigating Britain's waste dumpers. How the colour of a dumped bathroom suite led investigators to the door of the fly-tipper.


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Every day a never-ending war is being waged across Britain

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to clean up our towns and countryside.

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They've no consideration at all

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for the people and the animals and the welfare of anybody else.

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They only think of themselves.

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People are just so lazy.

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From the tons of cigarette butts, dogs' mess and household rubbish

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to mountains of tyres and skip loads of builders' waste.

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If you're not going to keep it clean, who'd want to live here?

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I certainly wouldn't.

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It's terrible. It's a blight to the countryside.

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We're on the front line of the clear-up

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and the fightback

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with our dedicated teams tracking down the rogues

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and putting the "great" back into Britain.

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It may harm your defence if you fail to mention something which you later rely on in court.

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On today's programme, a grisly mystery

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which involved Leicester's city wardens stumbling across...

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human remains.

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It could have been a murder scene, anything.

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And a story I love - the future's bright for all of us

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trying to avoid stepping in dogs' muck.

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People can actually see it when they walk along the road.

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It also stops people treading in it.

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Welcome to the world of filthy, rotten scoundrels.

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First today, we're in the heart of Britain,

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in Leicester in the East Midlands.

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Here, as in many British towns and cities,

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it can sometimes feel like a never-ending battle

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to keep litter louts, fly-tippers and graffiti vandals at bay.

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And wait till you hear how much it costs.

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The city council spends over £300,000 each year

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dealing with rubbish that's been dumped illegally.

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It's very easy to dispose of waste. You ring the council.

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They collect bulky items - beds, fridges.

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All you have to do is ring them and they come and get them.

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There's no excuse for fly-tipping.

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Say "buongiorno" to Ian Reeds.

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He's recently left his career as an archaeologist

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to bring a little bit of Venetian magic to the people of Leicester.

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This is just his second day of trading,

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and it's important to him Leicester looks "bella bella",

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not something the fly-tippers care that much about.

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Thanks very much.

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'It seems to be quite a British phenomenon. You don't get it in France or Italy.'

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I'm trying to sell ice cream on a trike

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and make it a nice, pleasant, almost holiday environment,

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and if people are dropping litter in front of you,

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it totally ruins the whole image

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and it makes the whole area far less pleasant and attractive

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for all of us to live in or work in.

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It seems a pointless and selfish thing, really.

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What's the Italian for "Hear, hear"?

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The city council agrees too

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and is on a mission to catch those who break the law.

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Leicester's crack team from environmental services

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are fighting back against the fly-tippers.

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And today, we're following them at work.

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Like many parts of the UK,

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Leicester's not short of recycling facilities.

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Recycling's not just right for the environment.

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Rubbish deposited in recycling banks is worth good money when it's sold.

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This helps offset the cost to the city's waste disposal,

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so saving the taxpayer money.

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I like the sound of that!

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But look at this.

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Some residents just don't get it, do they?

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The rubbish is supposed to go IN the bin, not NEAR it.

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Whereas stuff left in the right place saves money,

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this cardboard just left at the side of the bin

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is a worthless double whammy.

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It gets spoiled, so it can't be recycled anyway,

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plus it then costs the council money to clear it up.

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Meet Nicole Powell and Charlotte Glover.

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This formidable pair are city wardens

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at the front line in the fight against fly-tipping.

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No-one takes more pride in keeping the city tidy than Nicole.

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I love the job. I love being able to be out in the community,

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spreading the environmental issues and sharing them with everybody.

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And no-nonsense Charlotte won't stand for any rubbish.

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You don't dump your rubbish anywhere just 'cause you think the council will take it.

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So it's just laziness, isn't it?

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Remind you of anyone?

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Why don't we call this bit of the programme

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How Clean Is Your... Recycling Point?

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This morning they're paying a routine visit

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to a supermarket car park in the Hamilton area of the city

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that's become a fly-tipping hot spot.

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Every week huge quantities of rubbish are being dumped at this site,

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most of it completely unsuitable for recycling.

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The rubbish used to cover approximately...

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-Most of it.

-15 metres?

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It covered approximately all of the space that you see here.

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Charlotte and Nicole's hard work

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means that there is less rubbish here than in the past,

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but they've still found this little lot today.

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We can just walk away from it because we're not the cleaners,

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but I can't walk away and leave that for other people

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when there is room in the bins to do that.

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I can't do it, no matter what.

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That's the spirit, Nicole.

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Something tells me I could eat my dinner off your kitchen floor.

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Over the past few months, the girls have been amazed

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at what the great British public will dump

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in a supermarket car park.

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And wait until you hear the list.

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We've found computers, televisions, prescription drugs...

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Raw turkey, whole...

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-Did it have maggots in?

-Yeah.

-Yeah, it had maggots in.

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A full set of expensive lady's underwear.

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It could have gone to a nice home.

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I don't think any of that lot belongs at a recycling point.

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Do you?

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But early one morning, Nicole and Charlotte came across something truly chilling.

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That was found here, literally here, at this point here,

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in a carrier bag in a black bag.

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Inside the bag they discovered human remains.

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There was two skulls, there was a ribcage...

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and a pelvis.

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This is incredible.

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At first the ladies could scarcely believe their eyes.

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We really thought they were plastic because some of them had been varnished.

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So we weren't sure whether they were real or not.

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It could have been a murder scene, anything.

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The bones were handed over to the police.

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They investigated and luckily concluded that nothing sinister was going on,

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but they had been discarded by a medical student.

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Phew!

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It was shocking to see that they were just dumped in a carrier bag

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at a recycling point.

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Dumping human remains in a supermarket car park?

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It doesn't get more disrespectful than that.

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And the person responsible can have had no consideration

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for our hard-working city wardens here.

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This is a particularly popular recycling point.

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For Nicole and Charlotte, today it's an essential tidy-up job,

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and then a bit of detective work

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in the hopes that they can work out who is dumping rubbish here illegally.

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What we're going to do is look through the rubbish.

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See what's in it, look for any evidence if need be,

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and then we'll go from there.

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It's a pretty nasty job. There could be anything in there.

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We've got a lot of food waste in here,

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which isn't recyclable at all.

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Because food waste is often dumped here,

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the hedges nearby are teeming with rats.

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If one of the bags had been opened by the vermin,

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with the weather as well,

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that would have been washed all over the floor and...

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Anything could have happened to it.

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The rubbish that's been left here today

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is completely unsuitable for recycling.

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It's something that really winds Nicole up.

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Leicester City Council provide a service of wheelie bins to every household.

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There is no need for this.

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And this clearly states that it's a recycling area.

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There's signs everywhere.

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It tells you on the bins what you can put in and what you can't.

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So why would you leave that there for...

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for us to clean up?

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She's still smiling but you can hear the exasperation in Nicole's voice.

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And I think we'd all feel the same if we had to go through this lot.

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You need a strong stomach for this kind of work.

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There's used sanitary towels in here,

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there's Domestos,

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so it's come from a bathroom bin.

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It's not pleasant for anybody to go through.

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Why didn't this person put this bin bag... well, in a bin?

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But, in amongst all the bathroom rubbish, the girls find a crucial clue.

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There's a bit of paper here, Nicole.

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Do you want to photograph this? I've got a Mr Carn.

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It looks like the detective work is finally paying off.

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We found a little piece of paper with a name on it,

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so there might be something further down in the bag with an address.

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So we'll just take that and put it in an evidence bag.

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So it's not tampered with.

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If we do find any address so that we're able to approach this person,

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because there might be a household...

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Oh, lovely. We've got some evidence.

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We just found some more evidence. It's for Mr Carn, with an address.

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-So that's the lucky...

-Do you want to put it near that bag?

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That's the lucky strike.

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But unlucky for Mr Carn, by the looks of things.

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I do think people don't expect we go to such lengths to find pieces of evidence like this,

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especially in a big bag full of food waste like this.

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So that's the icing on the cake, that is.

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The city wardens have powers to carry out a formal interview under caution.

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We'll be calling him in...

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for a PACE interview

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and ask his reason for doing this,

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and an explanation.

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But there's no explanation.

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What I love about Nicole

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is that no matter how many times she's had to clean up,

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she's still outraged at every new bit of rubbish.

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And quite right, too.

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People need to realise they can't just dump stuff anywhere they like.

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When we invite them in, most people act quite shocked they're being asked.

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When they don't realise they've done anything wrong,

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they're very surprised at why they've been called in to have an interview.

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Nicole and Charlotte successfully track down Mr Carn.

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His daughter admitted dumping the rubbish at the recycling point.

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They were issued with a fixed penalty notice of £80,

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making it one very expensive black bag.

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We have to put a sticker on the bag that we found the evidence on.

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So we've put it on this bag here.

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This just informs the public

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that people are going through people's rubbish if they just leave it.

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Not just people, Charlotte.

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A dedicated couple of women

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who do it because they genuinely care about keeping their neighbourhood clean.

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How clean is your recycling point?

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Very!

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Something smells a bit whiffy.

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I think it's one of the worst things you can get on your feet.

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We all hate, hate, hate it.

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I have trod in dog poo.

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Mind where you step!

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Not impressed actually, no.

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As a responsible dog owner, I think it should be cleaned up straightaway.

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Erm, I think they should pick it up and put it in the bin

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because people might tread in it.

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Ugh. But she has got the right idea.

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It is rife.

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On the way to school, it's on the bottom of scooters and pushchairs.

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You're lucky not to tread in it.

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We've even encountered it where somebody's left it and covered it over with leaves,

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so you don't see it until you go through it with a pushchair.

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They're all talking.

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Dog mess.

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It's revolting.

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You wouldn't want a fly going on it and then going over to your food.

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I just don't like it like that.

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All right, all right, enough now.

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We may be a nation of dog lovers,

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but we can't stick the mess they leave behind.

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And boy, do they leave a mess!

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Disgusting.

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There are around 6.8 million dogs in the UK,

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-and, as you'd imagine, that's an awful lot of...

-HE SNIFFS

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actually, about 900 tons of the stuff each and every day.

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Now, most dog owners are smart pups when it comes to cleaning up after their canine friend.

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Yet others are downright dirty dogs and leave a mess wherever they go.

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Pub landlord Richard Scott is driven to despair by the mess.

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Because we've got quite a large open space,

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people tend to think they can just walk their dogs across our land

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and just let them foul without cleaning it up.

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There, there, there...

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We do have rather a lot of campers with children

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and they are not too chuffed to find large piles of dog mess...

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It's there, there, there...

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..in the field where they're camping.

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This is all recent, within the last couple of days.

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Once one dog has left a mess,

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other dogs will come along and find the scent

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and think it's OK to leave their own.

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It looks like Richard is left with a load of unhappy campers

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and a very dirty lawn.

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It's obscene. Everybody should be made to clean up after their animals.

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It may seem trivial, but dog dirt is a menace and also dangerous.

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It's just that it's foul. It smells revolting.

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It's dangerous as well. It can make them go blind.

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In fact, a single gramme of dog waste

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can contain 23 million faecal coliform bacteria.

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They cause cramps, diarrhoea,

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intestinal illness, serious kidney disorders

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and blindness, especially in children.

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It also costs councils, which means you and me, dog owner or not,

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millions of pounds a year to clean up.

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Across the country, councils are trying all sorts of schemes

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to persuade people to scoop their poop.

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In Doncaster, tidy pet owners get the chance to win a hamper of doggy goodies

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if spotted cleaning up after their pooch.

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-Mrs Mahon?

-Yeah?

-You're the winner of our responsible dog owner competition this month.

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Up.

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Tidy.

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Redditch and Bromsgrove Council, on the other hand,

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are going for a very different tactic.

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The council have launched the Mucky Pup campaign.

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We've just got to make sure we've all got our dog vests on as our patrol vests.

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For three weeks environmental officers Anna and Peter are hitting the streets

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to try and persuade the public to clean up after their dogs and put the waste in the bin.

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We'll also put up signs at the entrance to the park about our dog fouling campaign

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so we get maximum visibility out of this.

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The aim for today is to talk to as many people as possible,

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engage with them about dog fouling.

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We're just trying to encourage people, in a nice way, to pick up after their animals.

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If we come into contact with dog owners,

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we give them little freebie doggy bones that have dog poo bags in there.

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We'd like to give you one of our little doggy bones with 20 little poo bags in there.

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You can hang them on the belt as well.

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So that's quite a useful gift to give out.

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It's not at all a stick thing. It's a carrot thing that we're trying to get across today.

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It's not an enforcement thing at all.

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The council are going all out with the advertising campaign,

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even advertising on the side of council trucks.

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That's our livery. It's good, isn't it? I really like that.

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We've managed to pool our refuse freighters with the "Mucky pup? Clean it up" livery

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just to try and get as many people to see what we've got out and around our district.

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It gets people talking. That's all it's all about.

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"Mucky pup? Clean it up." I like it.

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And you'll like this even more.

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They've got a pretty unique tool of persuasion -

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a can of orange spray paint.

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-I'll pass those to you, Pete.

-Thank you very much.

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Don't panic. Don't call the RSPCA.

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They're not spray-painting dogs that foul, or tagging the owners.

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Nope, instead they're spray-painting dog poop.

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So, why on earth are they making it orange?

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No, no, it's not what you call modern art.

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It raises awareness so people can actually see it when they walk along the road.

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It also stops people treading in it.

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We've had quite a few people say to us,

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"I've already trodden in that" because it is sprayed bright orange.

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-Anybody else want a go?

-Me!

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OK, come on, then, have a spray.

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It's really good what the council are doing

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so people don't tread in the dog poo.

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So it's bright orange, and you're just aware it's doggy poo.

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Also, where you've got dog walkers, they tend to stick to the same routes.

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They will go down the same route every day

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and their dog will do their business at the same point generally every day.

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So if we're marking it, they'll say, "Someone's recognised this.

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"Somebody's noticed that my dog's fouled there."

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Maybe it will subconsciously make them not do it or make them pick it up.

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It's unique, I'm going to give them that.

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We'll be back on pooch patrol later

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to find out whether the orange paint

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can turn the locals from mucky pups to prize-winning pooches.

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Another one there, Anna.

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Time now to sit back, pull out your magnifying glass,

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put on your deerstalker

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and enjoy detective work worthy of the great Sherlock Holmes himself.

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A case solved using logical reasoning and good old-fashioned deduction.

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But we are a long way from 221B Baker Street.

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We're in Preston, England's newest city,

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where one autumn evening a dastardly crime was committed.

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Meet supersleuth and environment enforcer Paul Cookson.

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This is an incident we dealt with in October 2010.

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It occurred on the car park at Moor Park.

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This is the scene of the crime,

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Moor Park, the lungs of this former mill town.

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It was reported by the park ranger

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who tended the car park as in his normal rounds.

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Now, we are quite used to having to come onto the car park to pick up light littering.

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It's a very popular spot throughout the day and the evening for people to park.

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We find a lot of people come at night eating takeaway food and just leave it lying around.

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So the park ranger is always coming on to do some tidying up.

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But this one night, something was lying in wait for the ranger.

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Something big.

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Something threatening.

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Something all filth-fighters dread -

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a fly tip.

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This is quite a disgusting offence.

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This guy didn't care what he did. He just wanted to get rid of this waste.

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Paul went into detective mode and headed straight to the scene.

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I'm annoyed at this guy. I'm determined to find out where this material came from

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and somebody should face legal action for dumping it.

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Paul and his team had to get to work, clean this mess up and find the culprit.

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He studies the dump and, in true Sherlock Holmes style,

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spots an immediate clue.

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Clue: dumped in one load.

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Deduction: it could only have come from a large truck.

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He reversed his lorry up to the edge of the car park,

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lifted up the rear tail

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and allowed the entire load to slide off onto the floor.

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But there was another crucial clue in the mud.

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We can just about see some lines on the mud

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which correspond to the tracks of a flat-back truck.

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The tyre marks were an immediate giveaway.

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Our sleuth was on the right tracks.

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We're looking at the tyre tracks in the mud.

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Obviously a commercial vehicle was used to deposit the waste.

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Clever.

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The tyre track size suggests a large vehicle.

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It must be a commercial truck.

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Deduction: could this be someone employed to remove the waste?

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They've obviously picked up a load of household waste.

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Here we see bathroom furniture.

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We've got a toilet cistern, toilet base, a bath and a sink amongst it.

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So not only are we looking at a house clearance of general bric-a-brac.

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We're looking at somewhere where they've done refurbishment work at a bathroom.

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And we're quite clear on the original colour of the bathroom.

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Mmm! A lovely mustard. I can tell why they've thrown it out.

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But I am disgusted about how they've thrown it out.

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Paul was well into his detective stride,

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piecing together clue after clue.

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And lucky for him his arch-nemesis had left plenty to find.

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Over here you can see we've got lots of bits of paper evidence.

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From an enforcement point of view, this is a godsend to us.

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It looks like we're going to get evidence that might lead us to the offender.

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Oh, dear. A schoolboy error.

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This is prescription medicine

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and it still has the label on from the pharmacy.

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And fortunately for us, it has the address on of the patient.

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That's a significant clue to us.

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We now have a link to a particular house in the Preston area

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where this waste may have come from.

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Gotcha!

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This clearly was the job of an amateur.

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Before you could say "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

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Paul was round at the house in question.

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At the rear of the address, I find a bath lying on the floor.

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The first thing I notice is that the colour of the bath,

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as you can see from the edge,

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matches the bathroom suite that we found at Moor Park.

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Elementary, my dear viewer.

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I think we'll call this case A Study In Mustard.

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Case closed? Not quite.

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So, following on that, I go and speak to the owner of the house.

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He recently purchased the property

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and is doing some refurbishment work,

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and he had employed somebody to take the waste away recently.

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Paul had been spot on. It was the hired help all along.

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The culprit was summoned to explain himself.

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I'll let Paul take up the story.

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He was quite happy to tell us who that person was

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and indeed arranged for the young man to come back to the property

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to explain himself.

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When the young man arrived, he was a bit sheepish

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because he suddenly realised he might be in a little bit of trouble.

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A little bit of trouble?

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If found guilty, he could be fined up to 50 grand

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or sent down for up to 12 months.

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The offender was a young gentleman

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who worked for a local housing association

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and he had access to a company flat-back truck.

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He was approached by a man who was doing some building work

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to see whether he could remove some waste from the house and dispose of it legally.

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He was paid for that service

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and essentially used the firm's vehicle without permission.

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Ah! So doing a job on the side, eh?

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The housing association have an arrangement with Preston City Council

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to use our transfer yard to dispose of their waste.

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Crafty!

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It was here that our scoundrel was planning to dump the waste.

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But, as in all good crime stories, there was a hitch.

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But unfortunately he chose to do it at the weekend.

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But he'd never worked the weekend so he didn't know the yard was closed at the weekend.

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Ouch!

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So when he arrived at the yard the gates were shut,

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and that's when the panic set in,

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because he's now got a lorry full of rubbish

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and nowhere to dump it.

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And just hours until the van had to be back.

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That's why he ended up here.

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So the vehicle will have reversed into this spot,

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he lifted up the tail of the vehicle and just allowed all the waste to spill out onto this area.

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So it's a full flat-back load just literally dumped in one go

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right on the car park.

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The young man confessed everything, and his one crime cost him dear.

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Because he'd taken the firm's vehicle without permission,

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he lost his job.

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He was put before the magistrates who, fortunately for him, were very lenient,

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put him on a community service order,

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but also ordered him to pay the full legal costs

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and the clean-up costs of this little action.

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What a heavy price to pay for a bit on the side.

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Over in Leicester, different location but same old problem.

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You guessed it - fly-tipping.

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Over the past few months, the council has focused on

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stopping waste ending up on the streets in the first place.

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It's people being lazy. And it's bad for the environment.

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I think fly-tippers ought to be prosecuted.

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Fine them. Your pocket hurts, doesn't it?

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The city wardens are out in force

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with the power to nobble filthy litter louts

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with £80 fixed penalty notices.

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Steve Quick is the manager of the council's environmental crime team

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and passionate about keeping Leicester tidy.

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Today he's at a tip-off about a pile of old tyres

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that's been left on a country road on the edge of the city.

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He is straight in the car and looks like he's turned on his internal fly-tipping radar,

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and it's about to go off.

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Yeah, my job's great fun, and it's also very useful.

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You've got that feeling that you're helping the community.

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Oh... Dearie me. That's new.

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A little deposit across the road there.

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I love this. Steve hasn't even made it to the dumped tyres,

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but he can't help himself.

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Some filthy rotter obviously thinks an old mattress

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is just what the Leicester countryside needs.

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But Steve's not the kind of man to drive on by.

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I can't understand this.

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All they've got to do is telephone, book it in, and we'd come and take this away.

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Instead, they've put it on a vehicle, driven it up here

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and dumped it at the side of the road.

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We've now got to get a crew up here to take it away,

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all of which is costing the taxpayer money to do that.

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Leicester City Council spent £312,000 last year

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clearing up mess like this.

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Shocking.

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On the offside on the verge there's a mattress and odd bits of furniture.

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But with no clues today as to who left this junk,

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all Steve can do is get the rubbish cleared as quickly as possible.

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This is just beyond my comprehension. It really is.

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Nope, we don't understand it either, Steve.

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City warden Charlotte wants to feel proud of her patch of Leicester.

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This afternoon she's targeting an area near the Netherhall shops.

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This whole district was cleared of graffiti last week.

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But just look at this. It's already back.

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And that means someone's time and money to get rid of it yet again.

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If it's offensive, the council will clean up the graffiti free of charge.

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Because it's not offensive, they may ask the people who own the building to pay them an amount.

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It's a big cost as well. It's not cheap.

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All the chemicals they have to use, it's not a cheap thing.

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So it's 8:11.

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It's a massive blight on the local community.

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And it's not the only thing in Charlotte's sights.

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Get that pen and pad out again.

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We found another fly tip round the back of the Netherhall shops.

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It may have come from one of the shops itself as it's just had a refit.

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So I'll go and speak to them and see if they know anything about it.

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If they have, they'll then have the responsibility of cleaning it up.

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If this kind of thing came from someone's house, the council would collect it.

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But the rules are different for commercial waste,

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and Charlotte likes people who stick to the rules.

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Every business has to dispose of their waste correctly.

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They have to pass their waste on to a licensed waste carrier,

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and failing to do that results in a £300 fixed penalty notice.

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So it's really important that these businesses get a carrier in place.

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They are licensed, and that helps reduce a lot of the fly-tipping that we have.

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This cafe opened to the public just a few weeks ago.

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When Charlotte first visited the cafe,

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the owner couldn't prove the rubbish was being collected by an appropriate contractor.

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Today she's back for a spot check,

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hopeful that this time the paperwork's in order.

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-I've come to see your duty of care.

-OK.

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Have you got your contract on site?

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Looks like the owner's got it all sorted since Charlotte's last visit.

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Just what she likes to hear.

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I've got the documents here.

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-Lovely. If I can just take some of that information down.

-Sure.

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Out with that trusty pen and pad again.

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They've had one collection.

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All right. OK.

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Also, when I was doing my patrols, I noticed out the back behind your blue gates

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a bit of fly-tipping.

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-Is that from the refurb?

-No.

-Or was it already there?

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We had a skip put up there, and I believe that stuff was left outside.

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-So it didn't go in the skip?

-No, it's not part of my...

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It's not part of yours. That's all right. OK.

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Also, the graffiti on your wall.

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-That's new.

-That is new, yeah.

-Absolutely.

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None of the rubbish behind the shops came from here,

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and the owner's got most of the required paperwork.

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But Charlotte's a stickler for detail

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and arranges to come back once the rest of the documents have arrived.

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-You've got the number?

-Yes, I have.

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-When that comes in, call us and I can get the rest of the details.

-No problem. Thank you very much.

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On the outskirts of the city, Steve is still playing hunt the tyres.

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One thing I think we all know -

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he's not going to give up until he's tracked them down.

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No two cases are the same. No two days are the same.

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Some you win, some you lose,

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but we keep banging away.

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And we've got another load here.

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I don't believe it.

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This lane unfortunately is a bit of a hot spot for us.

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We're less than a minute's drive from the last fly tip

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and already super Steve has spotted another pile of rubbish.

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Oh. That's interesting.

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What's he spotted?

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That looks like the rest of the wardrobe

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that was further back down there with the mattress.

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And also a car part.

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Don't suppose there's a registration number on that car fender. That'd be good.

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You've got me all excited now, Steve. So?

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No. That would have been a good lead if that were still there.

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We could have traced the vehicle it came off and asked some questions.

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If Steve can build up a picture of how the rubbish got here,

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he might get some clues about who dumped it.

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Whether...

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Whether somebody's come up here twice with a smaller vehicle

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or whether they've stopped and dropped off some

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and then dropped off another...

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But I don't see why they'd do that.

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I think we're probably looking at a fairly small vehicle.

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That tells Steve this lot was probably dumped by a lazy individual

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rather than by someone running an illegal waste disposal business.

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Certainly nothing in there is going to give us a lead.

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I'll move on to the tyres.

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Over the past few months the council has focused

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on stopping waste ending up on the streets in the first place.

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They're particularly keen to spruce up Leicester's Golden Mile,

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so called because it's a centre for Asian jewellery.

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So it's this one as well, isn't it?

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Nicole, Charlotte and colleague Mo are out checking

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whether businesses have done as they were told a few weeks ago

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and are disposing of their waste properly.

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-Had any luck getting a contractor?

-Yeah. We are going through the paperwork at the moment.

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If you come down next time in a week or so,

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we'll have the bin bags and the contracts in our hand.

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We will be coming back on 22 August.

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From the sounds of things, they'll be more than welcome.

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-OK?

-All right. Thank you.

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Just to keep the city clean and nice and tidy,

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they are doing their job.

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A very good job, to be honest.

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I think it's our duty as citizens as well to keep the city clean.

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But despite the wardens' previous visits,

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some of the businesses haven't yet even made contact with a waste carrier.

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-Look in the Yellow Pages to find an independent company to pick up your rubbish.

-OK.

-Oh, my goodness.

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If it's not done by 22 August, we will be giving you legal notice.

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There's no way for businesses to get round this if they want to stay within the law.

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But some businesses think it's all a bit jobsworth,

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given the amount of waste they produce.

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Nicole and Mo want to get businesses to work together

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to arrange joint collections of their rubbish and save on costs.

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-Does a company collect your rubbish at the moment?

-No. We hardly get any rubbish coming in.

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-Everything we get, we get in a carrier bag with a handle.

-Hmm.

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This shop sells clothing, and the owner just doesn't feel

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he produces enough waste to need someone to take it away.

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A small business like mine...

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I hardly produce any litter or any waste.

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I don't think I need one, to be honest with you.

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Every business has to have a duty of care contract

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and have a registered waste carrier collect your rubbish.

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So even if it's one bag every two weeks or every month,

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you still have to have a company come and collect that one bag.

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Firm but fair, that's the approach.

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But the wardens are happy to consider ways to reduce the cost.

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They are responding. Like the jewellers, they don't have a lot of wastage.

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So there's 18 jewellers along here,

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and they're going to club together and get one contract in place.

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It really is good. It's very positive at the moment.

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Back out on the open road with super Steve,

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he's finally found the tyres that were reported to him.

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That's a relief!

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It costs up to £3 each to dispose of these tyres legitimately.

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It looks as though someone here has saved themselves a pretty penny

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and left someone else to pick up the tab.

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The cost just of clearing up gets borne by the occupiers of the land.

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These tyres here, because they're on the highway,

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the council has to clear it up, so the taxpayer's bearing the cost.

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Steve prosecutes around ten people a year for fly-tipping

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and plenty more get fixed penalty notices, cautions and warnings.

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This dedicated man really cares about his job

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and has a pretty low opinion

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of the people who dump rubbish all over his precious city.

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They're just animals. They don't care about the world they live in

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or their fellow citizens.

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In other words, Steve, they're filthy, rotten scoundrels.

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Right. Spray paint at the ready, let's hit the park.

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Don't worry, I'm not suggesting we all take up graffiti.

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It's time to join environmental officers Anna and Peter again

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on a unique mission to spray dog poo orange.

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Another one there, Anna.

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We're heading off to Sanders Park, the biggest park in Bromsgrove.

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It's a really good recreation ground.

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There's a bandstand, they have events on, there's a kiddies' skate park, a play area.

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It's a really popular recreation destination in Bromsgrove.

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We went there last week

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and spoke to about 50 people with dogs, without dogs,

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talked about our campaign and got some really positive feedback.

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So hopefully this week we'll see lots more people.

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-See an improvement.

-See an improvement, hopefully.

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The trouble is, in parks like this,

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you only need one dog owner a day

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who doesn't clean up after their pet

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and very quickly you've got a big problem.

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But even the most stubborn owner must notice these things

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on their daily walking route.

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These are a pair of our banners with the same imagery on there.

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With the "Mucky pup? Clean it up".

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So again, it's all about raising awareness.

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Operation Mucky Pup is underway.

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Watch out, you dirty dogs!

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In some places it's so bad, even our cameraman nearly stood in it.

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Watch your step, pal.

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Whilst they surprise the local dog walkers with luminous orange lumps,

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they're also meeting the community.

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What do they make of the council's latest weapon against the poopers?

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I think it's a good idea,

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because there's just a few who don't pick up and don't want to.

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I think it's really good what the council's doing to raise awareness.

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The bright spray paint, the kids are definitely into it.

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-Anybody else? ANNA:

-Excellent.

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OK. Let's go look for the rest. Come on, find the rest.

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-This is fabulous.

-Let's have a look.

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-This is great, getting people doing our job for us!

-This is teamwork.

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And what about local pub landlord Richard?

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Anybody out walking their dog that has a regular route

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will obviously notice these bright orange markings.

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Hopefully they will be shamed into either cleaning up after their dog

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or making sure their dog doesn't leave the mess in the first place.

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Everyone's very impressed. But does it really work?

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It's exactly what I hoped it would do in terms of raising awareness.

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It's become a debate, and people are having a laugh at it as well.

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It's doing exactly what I wanted it to do.

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Have you seen them spraying the poo orange?

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Oh, is that what that is? I've seen the orange.

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That's what I hope is... Oh, here we go.

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We are seeing a decrease

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in the amount of dog fouling we're finding week to week.

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What a scoop!

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And, in a remarkable turn of events,

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it seems like the campaign has even caused some naughty poopers

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to go back to the scene of the crime.

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We came round this area last week. We sprayed that.

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Now the poo's gone, so someone's noticed it and picked it up.

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So that's quite an achievement, I think.

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Someone's cleaned up after themselves.

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Maybe it was the person who did it, maybe it wasn't, but it's gone.

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That's quite positive.

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Whoever's dog left this mess has since thought again.

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They've sneaked back and scooped their poop.

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A win for the council.

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It's a cheeky campaign, but it doesn't end there.

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The team also go knocking on doors,

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taking their Mucky Pup postcards with them.

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The great thing about these campaigns is that it's not just about dog poo.

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It's about everyone taking pride in where they live.

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'I think it's an absolutely fabulous campaign.'

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We need to be out here on the street.

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The things that upset customers most are unclean streets,

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dog poo, obviously included in that,

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and litter.

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I work on the principle that cleaner streets are crime-free streets.

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Less grime, less crime.

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And it seems to be working.

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Less grime, less crime. I like that.

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So, after a long day in the park, how many poops have they sprayed?

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We've sprayed about 22 fresh dog poos,

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-put up two or three new signs.

-Fabulous. Yeah.

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And you've posted cards to all these houses down here.

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So hopefully we've got the message out quite well today,

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all in a couple of hours' work.

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Another victory in the fight

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against the thing that we all hate the most - the dreaded dog doo.

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This mucky mess is cluttering our streets and wrecking our countryside.

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But our environment enforcers are working day and night

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to make Britain a cleaner place to live.

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Join us next time,

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when we'll be chasing down more filthy, rotten scoundrels.

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