Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton traffic wardens given power to fine litter louts

Traffic wardens in Southampton can now hand out on-the-spot £75 fines for littering after being given more powers.

Thirty traffic wardens are being given the extra powers by Hampshire Police.

Councillor Asa Thorpe, cabinet member for environment and transport, said areas which already use the powers have reduced litter.

The council's Labour rules have pledged to work with police and other organisations to combat crime.

Tory opposition leader councillor Royston Smith welcomed the move. He said traffic wardens were the "eyes and the ears of the council" and would be "empowered."

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