Plymouth Magistrates Court hands out more fines for littering locals
Twelve more litter louts have been fined after hearings at Plymouth Magistrates Court.
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 numerous reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid, resulting in a summons to court.
The court found 11 of the defendants guilty in their absence and ordered them each to pay a fine of £220, legal costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £32. The other defendant submitted a guilty plea by post and was fined £100, ordered to pay £50 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
The original fixed penalty notice was for just £100.
All of the fines must now be paid within 28 days. All the defendants will also now carry a criminal record.
These fines come in the same week that the Council made the decision to up the ante on littering.
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment, said: "We're sick of being nice about it. Littering is disgusting and we've had enough.
"We know it's not a new idea but hopefully by using some more frank language, these signs will make people think twice about 'tossing' their litter away. "
The Council have made the anti-littering message even clearer by placing a number of humorous posters and signs are appearing throughout the city that ask people not to toss their litter.