16 people fined for littering in Plymouth

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    Fines totalled £5,000 and the offenders now have a criminal record

    16 people were fined for littering offences over two days at Plymouth Magistrates Court this week.

    The court heard how the offenders were all given fixed penalty notices by the council’s environmental enforcement officers, who witnessed them dropping litter on the city's streets. 

    However, despite several reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid, resulting in a summons to court.

    Of the 16, only two attended court to enter a plea. 

    Of those who did not attend, 11 received a fine of £150 and were ordered to pay costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £30. Another was given a fine of £50, costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £30, because of mitigating circumstances. 

    The two that attended pleaded guilty and were given fines of £120 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and victim surcharge of £32.

    The original fixed penalty notice was for just £100.

    All of the fines must now be paid within 28 days. All 16 defendants will also now carry a criminal record.

    Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said:

    "Littering is disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. We shouldn't have to put up with it and we don't.

    "The message from me is always the same - if you drop litter expect to be punished. If you don’t pay up, expect to see us in court."

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