Media release - issued 09 Jul 2019

Zero tolerance on littering leads to expensive court date for Farnborough man

A Farnborough man has been ordered by the courts to pay £500 after being found guilty of dropping a cigarette butt in the street.

Daniel Clayton (41) of Alexandra Road, Farnborough, was found guilty in his absence after failing to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Thursday 27 June, to face a charge of dropping litter contrary to Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The court fined him £120 and ordered him to pay a contribution of £350 towards Rushmoor Borough Council's costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

The case against Clayton was brought after he failed to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) issued by one of the council's enforcement officers in Farnborough last year.

He originally pleaded not guilty to the offence but did not attend the court hearing.

The court heard that Clayton was witnessed dropping a cigarette butt in the parking bays outside the Co-op store in Queens Road, Farnborough, and then getting into a car, at around 1.30pm on 13 December last year.

The council has been using specialist contractors since March 2018, running a zero-tolerance campaign on littering and issuing FPNs of £75 to anyone caught dropping litter. Anyone who refuses to pay and is convicted in court will end up with a criminal record. The scheme is designed to be cost neutral.

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: "It is not acceptable to drop litter and it is everyone's responsibility to dispose of it properly. Not only does it make the borough's streets untidy, but it also costs the council, and therefore residents, money in keeping our streets clean.

"We have to continue tackling this because this kind of behaviour affects all of us."

 
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