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Litter warden tried to fine a woman £75 for emptying her SHOE only for him to give up when she took sanctuary in a friend's house


A woman was allegedly followed by a litter warden for 10 minutes demanding that she accept a £75 fine after she had 'emptied her shoe in the street'.
In an undercover investigation earlier this month, a reporter from ITV Wales’ current affairs programme Y Byd ar Bedwar patrolled Anglesey for a week with officers from Kingdom Services Group.
The enforcement firm are contracted by local councils to crackdown on littering - but the reporter has described a particular incident she says she witnessed that made her feel uncomfortable.
A Kingdom officer allegedly followed a woman with two young children, claiming that a piece of her insole had dropped onto the floor after she was seen taking her shoe off in the street.
The woman was reportedly forced to take sanctuary in a friend's house, and in the end no fine was issued.
According to Y Byd ar Bedwar’s undercover reporter, who wore covert filming equipment: “The lady just took her shoe off and emptied it. It could have been anything, a stone a leaf - I didn’t see it as being fair.
“We were in a car following her, watching her and she didn’t know we were doing that- I didn’t feel comfortable with that, I wasn’t comfortable at all.”
In response to the programme, privately owned company Kingdom told ITV that they provide excellent value to taxpayers through the return of substantial funds to the local authority.
They said that to make sure there is a direct benefit to the taxpayer, it is right that there is an expectation that an amount of fines needs to be issued so that the project is viable.
According to ITV, Anglesey County Council said last week that they would scrap Kingdom’s Services once their trial period with the company is complete in May, although a council spokesperson still called the trial a success.
A council spokesperson said the agreement was reached mutually and Kingdom Services Group added that they ended the deal for 'commercial reasons'.

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