Childminder’s anger over rubbish left in play area

PUBLISHED: 06:30 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 12 August 2016

Empty bottles and cans discovered at The Mear by a childrens play area.

Empty bottles and cans discovered at The Mear by a childrens play area.


Litter louts leaving empty booze bottles at a children’s park in Exmouth face being fined if caught.

The warning comes from the district council after a childminder was forced to spend 15 minutes cleaning up the area at The Maer, to make it safe.

Samantha Dorman, 43, of Bradham Lane, took it upon herself to clean up glass bottles and cans that had remnants of alcohol left inside, after discovering the mess.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) said its enforcement team would step up patrols in the area and fine anyone caught littering.

Childminder Samantha, who was taking care of five youngsters at the time, was devastated to see the mess and feared someone could be hurt.

“I was quite angry. There could have been broken glass and one of the kids could have got hurt,” she said. “When I saw the mess, I decided I was not going to leave it and started to pick it up. People need to think, really, and pick up rubbish before they leave. Everyone can have a good time but just clear up your mess.”

Samantha reported the mess to EDDC. A council spokesperson said: “It is disappointing to see such a mess in this beautiful area. Just a few yards away is a designated barbecue area, where there are plenty of bins. We would urge the public to act responsibly, use the bins provided or better still take their litter home. Our dedicated teams do the best they can to keep our environment looking outstanding, but we do need the public to play their part. Our enforcement team will be carrying out targeted patrols in the area and those who don’t help us keep East Devon clean may face an £80 fixed penalty notice for littering.”

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