Smokers have been warned their money will go up in flames if they fail to dispose of their cigarette ends properly as another three litterbugs are left with court bills of hundreds of pounds.
The hard hitting message comes from Erewash Borough Council as it continues its crackdown on environmental crime.
The latest trio of prosecutions means a total of 13 litter culprits have been taken to court by the council so far this year as the drive continues to rid the streets of unsightly cigarette ends – which do not compost down – and other litter.
The three cases were taken to Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court after the smokers were caught offending by the council’s Neighbourhood Wardens and then failed to pay their Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) fine.
All three offenders must now pay a £220 fine, a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s full costs of £127.50 – meaning each of them are now £377.50 out of pocket:
• Nick Teather (31), of Market Place, Long Eaton and Colin Chapman (59), of Castle Marina Road, Nottingham, were both found guilty of dropping a cigarette end and leaving it on the pavement on Market Place, Long Eaton.
• Lara West (23), of Braefell Close, West Bridgford, was found guilty of dropping her cigarette end and leaving it on the pavement on High Street, Long Eaton.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“Here we have another three litterbugs who have found themselves with hefty court bills just because they couldn’t be bothered to dispose of the nub ends properly. Cigarette ends – and any litter – blights our town centre streets in particular and it is not acceptable.
“The vast majority of Erewash residents have pride in their town and share our disgust at anyone who leaves litter of any kind for someone else to clean up.
“It costs all taxpayers in terms of the street cleaning we have to do. But be warned litterbugs – this shows we will take action if we see you and you will be seriously out of pocket.”
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