THE boss of a private security firm charged with dealing with the district's litterbugs has denied claims that staff have to issue a certain number of tickets every day to fuel a “money-making scheme”.

Bradford Council brought in 3GS last month in a bid to get tough on louts who drop cigarette butts or chewing gum, let their dogs foul pavements, or urinate or spit in the street, via the issuing of on-the-spot £80 fines.

The authority said littering had been highlighted as a “significant problem” throughout the district, and stated the measures sent a clear message of a new zero-tolerance approach.

Under the contract, which came into effect on July 17, 3GS employed eight enforcement officers.

One of those taken on, Zaroon Hussain, said he left the job after being criticised for not issuing enough fixed penalty notices on a daily basis.

He said: “When we all accepted the job we were told that the company didn’t work under a target mentality.

“Unfortunately, 3GS require the team of officers to get a minimum of 200 fixed penalty notices per week, and no less than six each per day. Staff can’t meet the targets they have laid out and they do not like it. I was personally told that I was a disappointment and that is why I left.

“We were all told to target smokers and not take our eyes off them, making sure we stood around the busiest areas.

“The whole contract is just a money-making scheme and it is not fair.”

Until the contract with 3GS, council wardens had been responsible for handing out littering fines. A total of 106 fines were issued in 2015, dropping to 77 last year.

No official figures on the number of fines issued by 3GS have been released, but Paul Buttivant, managing director of the firm, dismissed Mr Hussain’s claims as negativity from a “disgruntled” ex-employee.

He said: “Clearly he has an opinion, but it reflects on him more than us. We are a business, not a charity. We make money from fixed penalty notices, but they have to be issued correctly.

“I have gone on the record to say that offering incentives to issue fines should be illegal, so I’m not going to do it within my own company. The idea that people would be dismissed for not hitting targets is nonsense.

“I have met with the council and it is happy with everything. Overall, the general response has been positive and the public has been very accepting of the situation. People need to know that these are criminal offences, and we can’t just turn a blind eye.”

A spokesman for Bradford Council backed up Mr Buttivant’s assertions, stating: “Enforcement officers do not have a specific target of tickets to issue each day. The officers will operate across the whole of the district, not just specific areas of the city centre. They do not target particular types of litter.

“Littering and dog fouling continue to be a significant problem in the district and we have to do the best we can to tackle it.”