East Staffordshire Borough Council is cracking down on littering offenders who flout the law.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 the consequence of littering is a fine, and can lead to prosecution and fines of up to £2,500.
Fines have recently been handed out to three offenders who pleaded guilty to the offence of littering:
- Basharit Hussain from Meadow Avenue, Stoke on Trent was caught outside Fox’s Biscuits in Uttoxeter and fined £345 including £180 costs and £20 victim surcharge
- Jaka Nash of Stowe Place, Coventry who littered on Beech Street, Burton upon Trent was fined £345 including £180 costs and £20 victim surcharge
- Ruby Plant from Queen Street, Burton upon Trent was fined outside Tesco near St Peter’s Bridge, Burton upon Trent.
A Council spokesperson said:
“The Council continues to successfully prosecute offenders for littering within East Staffordshire. Council Officers encourage people to take pride in their local area and take their litter home or use the receptacles provided around the Borough. Most residents do act responsibly, but unfortunately there are a small minority who continue to drop litter, and it is only right and appropriate that we bring these individuals before the Courts”.