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Careless smoker receives hefty fine

Undated handout photo of cigarette butts in the street. Britain's streets could become even more littered because of Government plans for a smoking ban in public places, according to a survey out Monday February 7, 2005. The Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN), commissioned the charity ENCAMS, which runs the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, to carry out a survey into the volume of litter and an analysis of its constituent parts. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Litter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Ken Lennox/PA

Undated handout photo of cigarette butts in the street. Britain's streets could become even more littered because of Government plans for a smoking ban in public places, according to a survey out Monday February 7, 2005. The Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN), commissioned the charity ENCAMS, which runs the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, to carry out a survey into the volume of litter and an analysis of its constituent parts. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Litter. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Ken Lennox/PA

A woman who failed to pay a fixed penalty for littering has been ordered to pay a total of £505 by a court.

Deborah Whittle, 41, of Dee Road, Lancaster, was issued with an on the spot fixed penalty for littering having been spotted by a council enforcement officer throwing a cigarette on the ground while in Queen Street, Lancaster.

Whittle failed to pay the fixed penalty and was summoned to court as a consequence.

She did not turn up at the hearing at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on August 22 and was found guilty in her absence.

Whittle was fined £400 and ordered to pay £65 towards the prosecutions costs and £40 victim surcharge.

Coun David Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for the environment, said: “We have a beautiful district and we all need to take pride in it and work together to keep it that way.

“Litter comes in all shapes and sizes and the throwing of rubbish on the floor in our streets and public spaces even as small as a cigarette butt or piece of chewing gum will not be tolerated.

“Anyone who drops litter is liable to an £80 on the spot fine if caught by a member of council staff, a Police Community Support Officer, or even a member of the public.

“Ignoring the fine can lead to even higher costs as the matter will then be pursued through the courts.”

 

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