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Spend a penny, not £75

Time gentlemen please, and don't forget to use the facilities before you leave the premises.

That's the reminder that landlords and managers of pubs and clubs in Boston are to be asked to pass on to customers so they are not caught short on the way home.

Today we launch the latest round of Name and Shame images captured by CCTV cameras in town - and four of the six were caught in the act of public urination.

We need your help to identify the people in these images so that they can be traced by our environmental crime team. Any information you pass on will be treated in strict confidence - we will not reveal your identity.

Those caught deliberately littering, and that includes urination, defecation, spitting and failing to clean up after their dogs, by the council's cameras will be pursued and issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice or be taken to court. Pubs and clubs are to be asked by Boston Borough Council to sign a pledge, agreeing to urge their customers to use their toilets and not the street.

The "streets are not toilets" campaign will be launched by the council's environment enforcement team when they visit licensed premises with pledge forms and publicity material.

Environmental enforcement officer Jen Moore said: "We have had complaints from residents about people relieving themselves in the street after they have left a pub or club; sometimes immediately after they have stepped out into the fresh air. We are asking for pubs and clubs to help us get the message across that customers need to think about their needs before they set off for home, and use the toilets inside the premises and not the street outside."

Cllr Michael Brookes, the council's portfolio holder for street cleansing, said: "We have even had reports of drinkers stepping outside for a smoke, relieving themselves in the street and then going back into the premises. Public urination is unacceptable and a serious offence. It is even more unacceptable in circumstances such as this when conveniences provided for customers are close by."

Jen said: "We want people to support the town's night-time economy, come out and enjoy a drink, but spend a penny properly before setting off for home and not have to spend £75 later when they get a fine for peeing in the street."

If you can help identify any of these people please pass details to Boston Borough Council - phone 01205 314200 and ask for the environmental enforcement team; write to Name and Shame, Environmental Enforcement Team, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston PE21 8QR or email communicationsunit@boston.gov.uk

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