Spend a penny in the street - pay a £75 fine

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Mansfield District Council is reminding people that it is an offence to urinate in the street after 15 fines were handed out to people who had been caught short in and around the town centre last month.

The council’s Neighbourhood Wardens are working with the police in a joint operation to enforce the town centre Designated Public Place Order by tackling street drinking, litter and trade waste generated by the night time economy and take action against individuals urinating in the street.

During August, 13 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) costing £75 each were issued to people caught urinating in Mansfield town centre and two were issued to people in Titchfield Park.

Coun Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council, said: “We have received a number of complaints from town centre traders who are fed up of having to clean up after people urinating against their premises. In response we have focused our efforts on tackling those irresponsible few who think its ok to urinate in the streets - it’s disgusting and will not be tolerated. We are committed to improving the cleanliness and appearance of the town centre and we will take action against anybody caught urinating, littering or acting anti-socially.”

Insp Neil Williams, neighbourhood policing inspector for Mansfield South added: “Police will continue to work with the council to identify anyone who behaves in this appalling way. People who live and work in Mansfield deserve better and we won’t hesitate to issue offenders with an on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice.”