£12,500 fines for dropping litter

By Michael Upton | 22/02/2011 0 comments

£12,500 fines for dropping litter

LITTERBUGS have been fined hundreds of pounds as part of a new crackdown.

Several people from Dearne and Don Valleys were among 41 people fined during January, bringing the total in fines and charges to more than £12,500.

The number is almost three times the 14 caught and prosecuted in the same month last year.

Among those fined were:

  • Diane Watson, of Victoria Road, Edlington, and Clare Margrave, of Arnold Crescent, Mexborough, who were convicted of depositing litter last August and fined £175 with £163.02 costs.
  • Abigail Davies, of Martin Wells Road, Edlington, who pleaded guilty to depositing and leaving litter last July and was fined £75, with £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
  • Toni Annette Edwards, of King Edward Road, Tickhill,  who was found guilty of depositing and leaving litter last July and was fined £80 with £178 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.
  • Scott Jurgens, of Baines Avenue, Edlington, who was found guilty of depositing and leaving litter last July and was fined £75 with £178 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
  • Craig Norman, of Melton View, Barnburgh, who was found guilty of depositing and leaving litter last August. He was fined £175, ordered to pay costs of £178 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Doncaster Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The increase just shows how serious we are taking the issue of littering.

“Some people may look at these fines as a money making exercise.

“We spend millions keeping the borough clean and tidy and the amount that we receive in fines is small in comparison to the cost of cleaning up after those who litter our borough.

“Taking people to court for an unpaid fine is always a last resort, but it is important that we are clear that we will not tolerate littering or any other type of environmental crime in Doncaster."

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