A NEW environmental enforcement officer aims to crackdown on offenders spoiling the local environment.

Former police officer Dave Foy has been hired by Ponteland Town Council to crack down on flytippers, litterbugs, vandals and dog owners through his new role as environmental enforcement officer of Ponteland.

Employed by Northumberland County Council, he is due to work in Ponteland two days a week, and aims to educate, increase social awareness and responsibility as well as provide a deterrent and where necessary, issue penalty notices and prosecute offenders

He said: “I am here to serve the community, to help preserve and improve the health and wellbeing of all residents with whom I am looking forward to meeting and working.

“Together we can reduce the occurrences of the issues that can detrimentally affect the quality of life for people in the town.”

Littering will be another priority, he added: “My role is to ensure the quality of life in Ponteland is maintained. Those who chose to disrespect the community by discarding their litter thoughtlessly will to be taken to task.”

Dog fouling is also a commonly reported issues. Dave said: “I will be patrolling, primarily to meet with dog walkers and to promote the council’s Green Dog Walking Scheme.”