A member of the new Liverpool council litter squad in the Tesco supermarket car park
A council litter squad has been told to leave a supermarket car park after complaints from customers over their "aggressive" and "intimidating" behaviour.
More complaints have been made about Liverpool Council's new anti-litter squad, which had the police called on them after operating on a private Tesco car park without permission handing out £80 fines.
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Another customer who was there last Thursday has come forward and accused the litter officers of being "intimidating" and "aggressive" when trying to hand out £80 fines.
The beefed-up new litter team is a joint venture between the council and private firm Kingdom.
The 30-year-old regular customer of Old Swan Tesco, who did not want to be named, sent us photographs of the officers he dealt with, the Liverpool Echo reports.He said one of them appeared to have his fists clenched while the other was "getting in his face and shouting".
He said: "I go to that Tesco every day, they told me I had dropped a cigarette and I asked them to show me where, one of them pointed at where there were about 30 cigarette butts and claimed one was mine.
"There was no way they could prove it, so I refused to give them my details and I left."
He returned to the car park the next day and saw the same officers, before two more men arrived and pulled in front of his car.
He said: "I decided to test what they were doing, so I put my cigarette butt on the floor, before quickly picking it up and putting it in a bag in my van and drove off.
"The men jumped out of their car and one of them dived in front of my van and made me stop, it was crazy."
He added: "They looked just like bailiffs and were quite intimidating and aggressive, one of them was stood with his fists clenched and the other was getting in my face and shouting - he was wearing a body camera and I would love to see the footage."
Tesco asked the officers to leave and eventually the police were called - the man said staff at the supermarket were "fantastic" throughout.
He added: "I asked if I could take photographs of the litter officer's I.D badges but they wouldn't let me, which is weird as they were working for the council."
When contacted by the ECHO, a spokesman for Kingdom said the company will happily investigate any complaints made against its staff.
Speaking about the incidents at Tesco, a Liverpool City Council spokesman said: "The legislation regarding fixed penalty notices for litter applies to any open land, regardless of ownership.
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"Two fixed penalty notices for dropping litter were issued at Tesco in Old Swan last week and both have been paid."
He added: "Following a request from store management, we will not be patrolling their car park in future."
A Tesco spokesman added: "We will continue to speak and work with Liverpool City Council to support the local community with a number of different initiatives and we're happy to talk to the local authority about the litter scheme."