Erewash Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a woman who was fined for throwing a parking ticket on the pavement and leaving it.
Joanne Derry, 41, of Ilkeston was spotted by a Neighbourhood Warden and subsequently charged with littering under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. She was left with a court bill totalling £627.50.
A Neighbourhood Warden witnessed Ms Derry discard the ticket onto the pavement on East Street, Ilkeston. She then drove away before the warden could obtain her details. After further investigation to establish the details of the driver, Ms Derry was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, which she failed to pay.
She pleaded not guilty and the case was listed to be heard at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on 31 January. Ms Derry failed to attend court and the case was heard in her absence.
After hearing evidence from the council’s Neighbourhood Warden, the court was satisfied that Ms Derry had committed the offence and was found guilty. She was fined £295, required to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and the council’s costs of £302.50.
Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:
“We hope this sends a clear signal that Erewash Borough Council will not tolerate littering of any sort. Our wardens will always seek to take action on anyone they see dropping litter in the borough. Residents have the right to live in a clean environment and we will look to prosecute those who choose to ignore our no littering policy.”