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Street enforcement officers in environmental crime clampdown

Graduates from London's Street Enforcement Academy were dispatched onto the capital's streets today to tackle anti-social behaviour - but not all the London boroughs participated.

The enforcement officers used powers available to them in environmental law to target people found dumping rubbish, dropping litter, and writing graffiti. Those caught were faced with £50 fines or legal proceedings.

According to Capital Standards, environmental crime is high on the list of Londoners' concerns, and the joint operation between 28 of London's boroughs, The Mayor of London, and Capital Standards - a group set up to tackle problems with litter - was designed to address this.

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: "The aim of this week is to show people who thoughtlessly damage our environment that their activities will not be tolerated. But I also want to send a very strong message to those boroughs who have so far refused to take part in this London-wide clean-up that their absence from this campaign is just not good enough - Londoners expect a cleaner city."

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