Wardens select Howegate for lunchtime litter blitz

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HAWICK’S community wardens have reported that they are clamping down on litter in the Howegate at lunchtimes.

A meeting of Hawick Community Council this week heard that the town’s two local wardens – who predominantly deal with dog fouling, fly- tipping and anti-social behaviour – have recently been targeting school pupils in a bid to clean-up the west end street.

Warden Colin Mitchell said: “We have been targeting the Howegate because it’s been a problem area at lunchtimes, and it does seem to be working. There has been no backchat given to us and if one person doesn’t want to pick something up, someone else is willing to. However, we have found that when we’ve been in the Howegate we’ve been neglecting other areas and the litter may be dropped further round the corner.”

He added: “It’s just a case of trying to educate some young people.”