THE team behind CLEAN 17 were out in force to remove a shipping container full of settees, washing machines and fridges.

With the support of Warrington Borough Council, Cheshire Police and Golden Gates Housing Association, the group, who litter pick every Monday morning in Howley, launched the initiative in a bid to combat fly-tipping.

Residents brought items of unwanted furniture, toys and other household goods for disposal.

It is hoped this will reduce the likelihood of these items being dumped on the streets.

The container was provided free of charge by Recycling Lives while officers from Cheshire Police were on hand to security mark bicycles.

Members of the Change4Life project also attended to provide healthy eating advice and healthy snacks.

The team collected 10 bags of litter and discarded dog poo bags.

Cllr Jean Flaherty (Fairfield and Howley - LAB) said: “CLEAN 17 shows our community in action, helping to fight the street crimes of littering, fly-tipping and abandoned dog fouling.

“Working with all the other agencies we are trying to find solutions, help residents to understand what they need to do to get rid of unwanted items and to encourage responsibility in dog owners.  

“Cheshire Police have agreed to provide an increased presence immediately following a CLEAN 17 event in the hope of reinforcing the message to those who would continue to foul our streets with litter, fly-tipping and dog mess.”

The next event will be held on September 2 from 10am at The Old School on Fairfield Street.