Three people who dropped litter on the streets of Ilkeston have ended up hundreds of pounds out of pocket after being prosecuted by Erewash Borough Council.
The cases were recently heard at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, where one woman was fined a total of £377.50 for dropping paper on the street she lives in.
All three had been issued with fixed penalty notices by Erewash Borough Council’s neighbourhood wardens. When they failed to pay they were taken to court for littering offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
• Luke Seabourne, 23, of Bailey Street, Stapleford dropped a cigarette end and left it on the pavement on Bath Street, Ilkeston. He was found guilty and ordered to pay a £100 fine, a £30 victim surcharge and the council’s full costs of £127.50, totalling £257.50.
• Kathleen O’Leary, 39, of Shaw Street East, Ilkeston left paper that she had dropped on the pavement on Shaw Street, Ilkeston. She was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of £220.00, victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50, totalling £377.50.
• Joanne Dobbie, 49, of Dovedale Circle, Cotmanhay dropped a cigarette end on Bath Street. She pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay a fine of £40, a £30 victim surcharge and the council’s full costs of £127.50, totalling £198.50.
The number of people prosecuted for dropping litter in Erewash this year now stands at 16 as Erewash Borough Council continues its crackdown on environmental crime.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough council’s lead member for Environment, says:
“People should be aware that our neighbourhood wardens are regularly patrolling the area and will not hesitate in issuing a fixed penalty notice if they see that people are not cleaning up after themselves.
“As these cases prove, failing to pay the fixed penalty notice only makes matters worse for the culprits and the council will not hesitate to take court action against those who flout the laws. Ultimately it is the taxpayer that ends up footing the bill for those who litter our streets because they then have to be cleaned.”
The council appeals to the public to help the crackdown on environmental crime by reporting offenders and supplying information through the council’s confidential PRIDE-line number 0115 850 8383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org