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Glasgow to ban waste offenders

In a ground-breaking move, litterers and waste offenders face being banned from Glasgows parks and even areas of the city centre.

A link-up between Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police will allow park rangers to exploit new legislation and apply for an exclusion order to be served on repeat offenders.

The tough new approach comes after a pilot in Kelvingrove Park and is a direct response to public concerns about safety and amenity on the site. It follows lengthy consultation with community groups associated with the area.

Glasgow City Council executive member of parks and facilities councillor Aileen Colleran said: This is a major step forward in tackling anti-social behaviour. This initiative provides real integration of approach with the police, park rangers, community relations and the public all contributing.

Co-operation between the council and the police is at an unprecedented level. Linked communication and shared information means all the agencies involved in tackling anti-social behaviour can pool their resources with a clear objective- if people dont modify their behaviour, they face exclusion from a park, while further infringements would lead to criminal charges.
 
As well as targeting those that litter, gang fighting, drinking in public, vandalism and begging will also come under the scrutiny of the exclusion orders.

They will also be enforced in defined open spaces owned by the council such as the Clyde Walkway and George Square in the city centre.

 

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