IN PROSECUTIONS brought by Cambridge City Council, two Cambridgeshire people have been ordered to pay fines and legal costs for littering cigarette ends.
Sean Day of St Bede’s Crescent, Cambridge, was ordered to pay a total of £215 by Cambridge Magistrates for littering.
Mr Day was witnessed throwing his cigarette end on to the ground at The Grafton Centre bus station in Cambridge by one of the council’s public realm enforcement officers.
He was issued with a fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution but when he failed to pay the matter was referred to the court.
Mr Day entered a plea of guilty and was ordered to pay a total of £215, including a fine of £85, the council’s costs of £100 and a £30 victim surcharge.
In a second case, Jonathan Wright of Orchard Park, Cambridge, was ordered to pay a total of £290 by Cambridge Magistrates for littering.
Mr Wright was witnessed dropping his cigarette end into the river at Garret Hostel Lane by a public realm enforcement officer who issued him with a fixed penalty notice. When the fine went unpaid the matter was referred to court.
Mr Wright did not enter a plea, was found guilty in his absence and was ordered to pay a total of £290 comprising of a fine of £100, the council’s costs of £160 and a £30 victim surcharge.
Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “We are lucky to live a beautiful city and that is the way we want to keep it.
“Littering is a crime and everyone is responsible for disposing of their rubbish, including cigarette ends, in an appropriate way. The council provides litter bins on our streets and in parks and open spaces so there really is no excuse. If someone really cannot find a bin then they should take their rubbish away with them.
Cllr Smith added: “The vast majority of people are rightly proud of their city and do their best to keep it clean and tidy. I hope these prosecutions continue to send the clear message that littering will not be tolerated in Cambridge.”
Between April 2017 and March 2018, the council issued a total of 340 fixed penalty notices for littering in Cambridge.
The money collected from the fixed penalties is retained by the council and invested in activities to ensure that streets, parks and other public spaces remain clean, safe and pleasant places to be.
The council’s public realm enforcement service balances its enforcement activity with education to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish legally and responsibly.
To help smokers, pocket ashtrays are available free of charge from the council’s Guildhall reception, which is open Monday- Friday from 9am to 5.15 pm