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Brits being urged to snitch on their neighbours who break the hosepipe ban

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READ MORE:Met Police shoot armed man in London before Air Ambulance flies him to hospitalThe news comes as Britain suffered from record heat, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees in some places at the end of July.Due to the sizzling temperatures, a hosepipe ban came into force yesterday (Friday) in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight - the first to be imposed in the region since 2012.South East Water is implementing a ban for its customers in Kent and Sussex from August 12, while Pembrokeshire in Wales will also be hit by a hosepipe ban from August 19.Parts of England have seen the driest July on record following the driest eight-month period from November 2021 for the country since 1976.

The Met Office also says there is "very little meaningful rain" on the horizon for parched areas.Householders who have not yet been hit by restrictions are being urged to avoid using hosepipes for watering the garden or cleaning the car.Southern Water, which covers Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, stressed there was no risk to the overall water supply, but the ban was needed to protect the environment.The company encouraged people to "gently remind" neighbours of the rules.

A spokesperson said: "If you see anyone breaching the restrictions, please let us know via our customer service team.To stay up to date with all the latest news, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here."A fine of up to £1,000 can be imposed for any breaches.

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