Bobbies on the beat may be an increasingly rare sight in Britain, but residents of the Gloucestershire spa town of Cheltenham could soon have some of their complaints dealt with by binmen on the beat.

In a crackdown on anti-social behaviour, it is planning to issue refuse workers and other council staff with hand-held computer devices that can log nuisances such as litter, flyposting, graffiti and abandoned cars.
The council also plans to extend fixed penalty powers to enable park wardens and car park attendants to issue on the spot fines.

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