Kent

Gravesham council phone app used to report 75 incidents

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Image caption Gravesham said it was the first council in the UK to launch such an application

A phone application set up in Kent for people to report problems such as graffiti and anti-social behaviour has been used to report 75 incidents.

The initiative by Gravesham council is already being used in 20 US cities and is thought to be the first in Britain.

The user reports an incident by taking a picture of the problem which is sent to the council with a grid reference.

Gravesham council said more than 550 people had downloaded the app on iPhones and Android smart phones.

'Family-friendly borough'

Figures for Blackberry downloads were not available.

The 75 incidents reported to the council since the launch of the application last month included fly-tipping, littering, graffiti and other issues.

Council leader Mike Snelling said it was a great result and added: "We hope the app goes from strength to strength".

He said the initiative was helping to create and maintain a family-friendly borough, where littering, graffiti and anti-social behaviour was minimised.

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