Four Erewash residents have each found themselves £377.50 out of pocket after their cases were taken to court when they failed to pay Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) issued for environmental crimes.
At Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, the four were each fined £220 and were ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and costs of £127.50 to Erewash Borough Council.
• Steve Dudley (58), of Hawthorne Avenue, Long Eaton was found guilty of a littering offence after being seen throwing a cigarette end to the ground and leaving it on the pavement on High Street in the town centre.
• Kimberley Penn (36), of Park Road, Ilkeston, was found guilty of dropping and leaving a cigarette end on the pavement on Bath Street, Ilkeston.
• Keeley Redfearn (26), of Gough Grove, Long Eaton, was found guilty of dumping bags of household waste on land at Gough Grove.
• Andrew Hayward (39), of Golf Club Road, Ilkeston, was found guilty of failing to provide information to Erewash Borough Council, as required by law. The council’s Neighbourhood Wardens were investigating a littering incident in which a cigarette end was thrown from a car window. They asked Mr Hayward to provide the name of the person who was driving his vehicle at the time of the alleged offence. He failed to do this, which is an offence under section 110 of the Environment Act 1995.
A fifth prosecution by the council also saw Stephen Purdy (58), of Park Street, Breaston, left with a £377.50 court bill after he failed to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice for letting his dog off its lead at Longmoor Lane Cemetery in Breaston – an area where dogs must be on a lead at all times.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“Dumping litter and throwing cigarette ends to the pavement are not acceptable and never will be. Litter louts need to understand that the vast majority of respectable people agree with us and welcome us taking action. Similarly, we introduced orders for dogs to be kept on leads in cemeteries and made the decision to exclude them from children’s play areas – again a move that local residents supported.
“All these offenders had the opportunity to avoid a court imposed fine by paying their FPNs. Better still they could have used a bin or, in one of these prosecutions, have simply kept their dog on the lead while in the cemetery.”
All the FPNs were issued by the council’s Neighbourhood Wardens Team. FPNs are £65 for littering and £80 for dog control if paid promptly. The cases were heard at the magistrates’ court on 10 October.