2.5 tonnes of litter collected in village clean-up campaign

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More than two and a half tonnes of rubbish was collected during a community clean-up campaign.

Durham County Council, in partnership with Wingate Parish Council, Durham Constabularly and the Probation Service, held a series of education sessions and litter picks in the village.

The drive was aimed at instilling pride in local communities as well as encouraging young people to throw their rubbish away and help keep their neighbourhood clean and tidy,

Coun Brian Stephens, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, Durham County Council, said: “It is pleasing to see that many local people got involved in the environmental campaign in Wingate and we would like to thank those who took part for their help.

“We would encourage all communities to take pride of the environment and help keep our beautiful county free of litter.”

Pupils and staff at Wellfield Community School helped teams from the council litter pick up to 16 bags of rubbish.

An extra two and half tonnes of rubbish was collected by the Probation Service from the old pit site and surrounding area.

Eleven untidy yards were cleaned and issues including flytipping and dog fouling were also dealt with.

Tidy Ted, the council’s anti-litter mascot visited St. Mary’s Primary School in Wingate, before pupils joined a litter pick at the Welfare Park.

For more information or to report litter, visit www.durham.gov.uk/litter or call 03000261000.