Litter lout ordered to pay hefty fine by court

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A man who failed to pay a fixed penalty for littering has been ordered to pay a total of £342 by a court.

Gary Howard, 27, of Euston Road in Morecambe, was issued with a fixed penalty for littering following an offence on January 14 2013.

He had dumped a bag of rubbish at the rear of a house on Kensington Road in the town.

Howard failed to pay the fixed penalty and was taken to court as a consequence.

He did not turn up at the hearing at Lancaster Magistrates Court and was found guilty in his absence.

He has been ordered to pay a £200 fine, £60 court costs, £62 in compensation towards clean-up costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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

“The council has its role to play but so too does the public – we want to see our streets and public places free of litter and by placing rubbish in the right place – the bin – we can all contribute towards that aim.” 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.