Two women have each ended up £377.50 out of pocket for failing to pay Fixed Penalty Notices issued for dropping cigarette ends in the street.

Billie Mae Cross, 23, of Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam was found guilty of littering after being seen dropping a cigarette end on a street in Ilkeston by one of Erewash Borough Council’s neighbourhood wardens. She was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice but failed to pay it. At Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court she was fined £220, made to pay a £30 victim surcharge and the council’s full costs of £127.50.

In a separate incident, Sarah Clements, 32, of Coppice Avenue, Ilkeston was also found guilty of littering for dropping a cigarette end. She was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice by a neighbourhood warden which she failed to pay. As a result she was fined £220, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50.

The offences took place in December 2018, with both cases heard on 31 July 2019 under the single justice procedure. Littering is a crime under section 87 the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Lead Member for Environment at Erewash Borough Council, says:

 “Smoking is an expensive habit, even more so for those who choose to litter the streets of Erewash with cigarette ends. These latest cases show that the council will not tolerate our borough’s streets being littered with rubbish. Hopefully these hefty fines will act as a deterrent to anyone who is thinking of discarding their cigarette ends in this way.”