Clean-up campaign is the biggest one yet

Pupils from Richardson Dees Primary School, Wallsend, who were involved with the campaign, with (left to right) Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith, Community Warden Bryan Muir, environmental mascot Waldo the Wonderdog, Wallsend Station Manager (fire and rescue) Graeme Hurst and the council's Area Officer Wayne Young.
Pupils from Richardson Dees Primary School, Wallsend, who were involved with the campaign, with (left to right) Neighbourhood Inspector John Smith, Community Warden Bryan Muir, environmental mascot Waldo the Wonderdog, Wallsend Station Manager (fire and rescue) Graeme Hurst and the council's Area Officer Wayne Young.

More people took part in a campaign to give the borough a spring clean.

A total of 311 bags of rubbish were taken away from 54 community clean-up events to make this year’s Big Spring Clean campaign, organised by North Tyneside Council, the biggest one yet.

More than 2,200 school children and 30 businesses took part in litter picks, with 29 fines issued to people caught fly-tipping or littering.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I would like to thank everyone who has given up their time to support this campaign.”

The campaign also featured Operation Hotpot – a partnership involving the council, Northumbria Police, and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to tackle fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour and home fire safety.

District Manager Dave Escott, of the fire service, said: “It is a great initiative and we’re delighted to be involved.”

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, North Tyneside Area Commander, said: “This initiative has achieved excellent results and is a great example of how working together with our partners and the public, we can make a difference to our communities.”