Three people who dropped litter on Ilkeston’s streets are now hundreds of pounds out of pocket after prosecuted by Erewash Borough Council.
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 Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court for littering offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Councillor Garry Hickton said: “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.”
Kathleen O’Leary, 39, left paper that she had dropped on the pavement on Shaw Street, where she lives.
She was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of £220, victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50, totalling £377.50.
Luke Seabourne, 23, of Bailey Street, Stapleford, dropped a cigarette end and left it on the pavement on Bath Street.
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.
Joanne Dobbie, 49, of Dovedale Circle, Cotmanhay, also 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 the council continues its crackdown on environmental crime.
Coun Hickton said: “These cases prove that failing to pay the fixed penalty notice only makes matters worse for the culprits. 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.”
Members of the public can report environmental crimes confidentially on 0115 8508383.