Cracking down on dog fouling and cigarette dropping may not sound like the most glamorous job in the world.
But a group of Aberdeen city wardens were the stars of the small screen last night as a TV programme showed their daily fight against rogue litterers.
The latest episode of ITV’s The Inspectors Are Coming showed the council employees in various locations around the city including Tillydrone, the city centre and Westburn and Seaton parks.
Wardens have been active in tackling dog fouling in the by creating the initiative “scoop watch”.
They visit schools to highlight the issue of fouling and promote responsible dog ownership in the community.
The fine for dog owners who fail to pick up after their pets is currently £40. This will increase to £80 on April 1 to bring it into line with the fine for littering.
The documentary also revealed that a single cigarette end takes ten years to decompose and Mr Chambers was on hand to fine a man who flicked his fag away on St Nicholas Square.
And one of the wardens said he was even practicing signing his autograph in case any new fans come knocking.
Senior city warden George Chambers said: “It was a great experience to be involved in the documentary.
“Taking part in the programme allows us to show that although we do take our job seriously we can sometimes have a laugh and a joke with members of the public.
“I’ve been practicing my autograph just in case I get recognised the next time I’m on shift.”
Council infrastructure convener Councillor Neil Cooney said: “We are extremely proud of the work our city wardens do.
“The Inspectors Are Coming shows only a few of the daily tasks undertaken by the city wardens, who work very hard to help keep our city clean and safe.”