Three local residents have paid the price for dropping litter on the street – with each finding themselves nearly £400 out of pocket after being prosecuted by Erewash Borough Council.
The litter bugs were all spotted by the council’s Neighbourhood Wardens and issued with Fixed Penalty Notices, but ended up with hefty fines when they failed to pay and the cases were taken to Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court recently.
- Jack Greenhough (20), of Wirksworth Road, Ilkeston, was found guilty of throwing down a cigarette packet and leaving it on the pavement on Bath Street in the town.
- Susan Osbourne (68), of Beresford Drive, Cotmanhay, threw down a cigarette end and left it on the pavement on Bath Street, Ilkeston.
- Tracey Riley (44), of Collingwood Road, Long Eaton, threw a cigarette end to the ground and left it on the pavement at the Cross Street Retail Park in the town.
All three were each fined £220 after being found guilty of a littering offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. They must also pay a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50 – leaving each of them with a total bill of £377.50.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“These three prosecutions are the latest of nearly 20 such cases that we have taken to court over the last few months and should serve as another clear warning that we will take action against anyone seen dropping litter.
“Litterbugs should also take note that ignoring a Fixed Penalty Notice will end up costing you much more. It would be far better if you disposed of your litter properly and join the vast majority of us in taking pride in our surroundings and wanting a clean and welcoming environment.”
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