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Thetford street clean-up

PUBLISHED: 16:26 08 April 2009 | UPDATED: 21:29 07 July 2010

Admirals Middle School taking part in the litter pick.

Admirals Middle School taking part in the litter pick.

A week long clean-up operation in Thetford resulted in hundreds of kilos of rubbish being removed from the streets.

The town's safer neighbourhood police team joined forces with local agencies and the community for the Civic Pride initiative.

A week long clean-up operation in Thetford resulted in hundreds of kilos of rubbish being removed from the streets.

The town's safer neighbourhood police team joined forces with local agencies and the community for the Civic Pride initiative.

Drug litter patrols were carried out on the Abbey Estate, in line with one of the current neighbourhood priorities residents had asked to be tackled, but no drug-associated litter was found.

Schools across Thetford took part in litter picks within their premises, and each will be presented with a special photograph as a thank you for all their hard work. About 100 people also took part in litter picks at Barnham Cross, Abbey Estate, Cloverfields, Croxton Road and the town centre with a total of 620kg collected. Those taking part included mayor John Harding, local councillors and members of the Air Training Corps, The Matthew Project, Community Rangers and Thetford Litter Campaign.

Businesses in Thetford also supported the litter pick campaign.

During the week, graffiti was removed from various locations with the use of a high-pressure hot water system. A roadshow also took place which involved the town and district councils.

Stephen Askew, executive member for communities at Breckland Council, said: “It is important for people to take pride in their community, and if everybody did their bit, it would make an incredible difference.”

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