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Smokers fined after dropping cigarette ends

Sheffield City Council are to start fining smokers who drop cigarette butts in the streets including drivers.
Monday 14th July 2003 litteraw2

Sheffield City Council are to start fining smokers who drop cigarette butts in the streets including drivers. Monday 14th July 2003 litteraw2

Five smokers have been left £270 out of pocket after dropping cigarette ends in Erewash and failing to pay fines.

Erewash Borough Council took the offenders to court as part of its continued campaign to crack down on littering offences.

All five had failed to pay their £75 fixed penalty notices for the littering offences and were all found guilty in their absence by Southern Derbyshire Magistrates when they failed to attend court.

Nine tonnes of cigarette litter is picked up in the borough every year.

Stefan Broadbeld, of Collins Avenue, Sutton-in-Ashfield, was seen throwing his cigarette end out of the passenger window of a car as it travelled along Stanton Road in Ilkeston last summer.

When Broadbeld failed to pay his fixed penalty notice he was taken to court on January 16 this year.

The other four court cases were all held on 23 January.

Natalie Cox, of Melbourne Court, Sawley, was seen dropping a cigarette butt outside the Job Centre in Long Eaton on June 19 last year.

Richard Smith, of Church Lane, Castle Donington, was seen dropping a cigarette butt onHowitt Street, Long Eaton on July 31 last year.

Darren Ash, of Baker Road, Giltbrook, dropped a cigarette butt outside a betting shop in Long Eaton town centre on 31 July last year.

And Lisa Scott, of Brampton Close, Ilkeston, was seen dropping a cigarette butt on Wharncliffe Road in the town on August 1 last year.

All the defendants were fined £100 and each must also pay £150 legal costs and a £20 victim surcharge – meaning they must pay a £270 bill.

 

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