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Thursday 29th March 2012 | 10:41
CLEANER AND SAFER ROYAL PARKS
Visitors to London's Royal Parks can expect a cleaner and safer experience this summer thanks to new measures announced today by Justice Minister Crispin Blunt.
The Government plans to give police the power to issue on-the-spot penalties to people who drop litter, fail to clear up after their dogs or who cycle in prohibited areas of the parks, which cover 5,000 acres of the capital including Hyde Park, The Regent's Park and Greenwich Park.
The new powers will bring the Royal Parks in line with other parks and public areas around the capital and country and will help the police to tackle anti-social behaviour quickly and effectively. They extend on the police's existing powers to press court charges against offenders breaking laws around littering, dog-fouling and illegal cycling in the parks. They are expected to come into force in July.
Justice Minister Crispin Blunt said:
"We want to make sure police have the best options available to them to keep our Royal Parks clean and safe for the millions who enjoy them every year. These on-the-spot penalties are a common sense solution that can be used to stop people who wantonly spoil the enjoyment of others with their selfish behaviour."
Linda Lennon, Chief Executive of the Royal Parks, said:
"This is good news for those who visit the Royal Parks. The measure will help the police deal with the minority whose selfish actions can prevent others enjoying a relaxing visit to safe and clean parks."
Chief Inspector for the Royal Parks Simon Davis, said:
"We want to maintain the safety and enjoyment of the Royal Parks for everyone. This will provide an effective means of dealing with the minority of people who flagrantly breach Royal Park regulations."