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Santa Cruz gets tough on litter and vandalism
Tenerife capital Santa Cruz is to take a tougher line on anti-social behaviour by significantly increasing on the spot fines for offences ranging from dropping chewing gum and litter on the street to graffiti on walls and urban furniture.


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26.06.2015 - The city council yesterday announced changes to its by-laws to impose much stiffer penalties in a bid to clean up the image of the capital, fulfilling a promise made back in January to review the current measures. The changes will see the fine for not cleaning up dog excrement rise to up to 1500 euros, for fly-posting up to 3000 euros and graffiti to 4500 euros. The councillor responsible for the tougher approach, Damaso Arteaga, reminded the public that a special police unit of eight plain-clothed officers permanently patrols the city's streets to detect these and other anti-social behaviours and will begin imposing the heavier fines after the summer holidays. He urged local traders to contribute to the city centre clean-up drive by using the corporation's new door to door collection service for boxes and other large items rather than leave them next to bins. 



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