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Council successfully prosecutes littering offenders

Press release   •   Jul 22, 2014 09:47 BST

East Staffordshire Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a resident and visitor to the Borough for littering offences.

A Burton man did not attend court but pleaded guilty and was fined £35 with £100 costs and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 totalling £155.

The second prosecution was to a female from Newhall who failed to attend and was therefore found guilty in her absence and fined £200 with £180 costs and a victim surcharge of £20 totalling £400.

Cllr Sonia Andjelkovic, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services, said: “East Staffordshire has a fantastic environment and we want people to enjoy it. Our Community and Civil Enforcement Officers do a great deal to encourage people to be responsible and pick up or take home their litter. There is a minority though who continue to act irresponsibly and spoil the local environment for the majority. Therefore on occasions it is only right and proper that we bring such individuals before the Courts.”

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Community & Civil Enforcement Officers engage with and encourage people to keep the Borough clean and tidy by disposing of litter properly and not dropping it indiscriminately.

However there are a minority of residents or visitors to the Borough that choose to ignore this advice and throw their litter down, leaving it for the Council to clean up. This is both irresponsible and unacceptable behaviour and ultimately costs the Council Tax payer.

Anyone found dropping litter will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 or face the prospect of a court appearance.

The Community and Civil Enforcement team can be contacted on telephone number 01283 508856 or by emailing community.civil_enforcement@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

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