Fine reminds people to put their litter in a bin

Published: Thursday, 14 December 2017

A driver has been fined £555 after being caught dropping a cigarette butt from a car window.

The incident, which took place at St Peter’s Way roundabout, was witnessed by a Neighbourhood Warden who issued a fixed penalty to Ms Susan Jane London.

The penalty was not paid so the offence was progressed to Northampton Magistrates Court.

Ms London failed to attend Court on Tuesday, 12 December but the littering conviction proceeded in her absence.

Under section 87 of the Environmental Health Act (1990), Miss London was found guilty of leaving litter and was fined £100 for the offence and was ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £425 in legal costs.

Cllr Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “Littering our town is not OK so this prosecution is a strong reminder to people about the consequences of disposing of litter irresponsibly.

“As part of our focus on environmental enforcement, we aim to tackle this behaviour by educating people about the best ways to dispose of litter so that we can keep our town clean and safe.”