MORE than 60 bags worth of litter was cleaned up by a group trying to give back to the community.

As reported in The Bolton News, a Community Payback group took part in a day of action looking at anti-social behaviour in Kearsley.

The group was working to clear up the area next to Pilkington Road, where youths have been setting bins on fire and taking part in other forms of anti-social behaviour.

Police were working to prevent the bins being taken by handing out bike locks and were also engaging with residents.

The area that the Community Payback Group focused on has been badly hit by littering and fly-tipping as well as being damaged by the rubbish left by youths.

Community Payback supervisor, Mark Pimblott, said: “The team picked up more than 60 bin bags of litter, burnt out car seats, metal fencing and lots more rubbish. We are here to help the lads get back on track. At the same time, they give something back to their local community by doing this unpaid work. A couple of local residents came over and thanked the lads for doing such a good job. They really appreciated that.”