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Father and six-year-old son team up to tackle litter problem

After becoming fed up with people moaning about litter, a Swaffham father has decided to take action with his son.

Daniel Webster, 39, and his six-year-old son Ben decided to “take matters into their own hands” by picking up litter themselves.

After recycling the aluminium which they collect, Mr Webster said he is able to give Ben his pocket money through the returns.

“I am sick of moaning to the town council about litter,” Mr Webster said.

“It gives me and Ben a good vibe and feel-good factor from doing it.”

Daniel Webster and Ben Webster
Daniel Webster and Ben Webster

When at home relaxing, the two like to watch wildlife programmes, something which also makes them want to protect the environment.

Litter has also been collected at Hunstanton beach, Castle Acre, West Acre and Wells-next-the-Sea in addition to Swaffham.

Daniel Webster and Ben Webster
Daniel Webster and Ben Webster

Mr Webster continued: “No-one wants to walk around with mess and rubbish on the floor.

“What we are doing is having an impact. Some youths just seem to have nothing better to do than chuck litter around because they think it’s cool, but it’s definitely not.”

Ben Webster picking up litter in Swaffham
Ben Webster picking up litter in Swaffham

Newly-elected town mayor Jill Skinner said: “What a wonderful example Daniel Webster is setting here with his son Ben, it makes the world of difference when local people take pride in their community to keep it clean and tidy by picking up the litter.

“We are very lucky in Swaffham to have so many volunteers and more people taking the initiative like this can only be good for the town.”


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