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Litterbugs who failed to pay fines hit with extra costs and criminal records

16 August 2018

A discarded cigarette butt.

We've brought successful prosecutions against 3 people who did not pay their littering Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

The cases were heard at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 with the offenders ordered to pay a total of £650 in fines and associated costs. The guilty 3 also now have criminal records for the offences.

Paul Adams of Boardman Lane, Middleton and Austin Young of Royds Street, Rochdale both pleaded guilty in court and were each ordered to pay fines and costs of £180 and £80 respectively. 

Graham Wilkinson of Ernest Terrace, Rochdale failed to attend at court and was ordered to pay £390 in fines and costs.

The offence of littering carries a £75 penalty, reduced to £50 if paid within 7 days, or prosecution through the court with a fine of up to £2500. These 3 defendants have been ordered to pay an average of £216 – nearly 3 times the original fine.

Councillor Neil Emmott, Cabinet Member for Environment said: "We've had enough of selfish litterbugs in Rochdale. It's not acceptable for anyone to dispose of their litter on the ground, spoiling the area and expecting others to clear up for them. Keeping the borough a clean and desirable place to live is in everyone's interest.

"The message here is, break the law and you will be fined. Choose to ignore it and it will cost you even more further down the line".

Since the beginning of January, we've issued 89 fixed penalty notices; 2 for small scale fly-tipping, 85 for littering, and 2 for fly-posting offences. As well as the 3 prosecutions above, 11 further convictions for cigarette related littering offences have been gained this year.

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