IN A prosecution brought by Cambridge City Council, a Cambridgeshire man has been ordered to pay a fine of £75 and legal costs for littering a cigarette end.
Charles Delafeld was ordered to pay a total of £305 by Cambridge Magistrates on Thursday 25 October for littering.
Mr Delafeld was witnessed dropping his cigarette end on St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, by one of the council’s enforcement officers and was issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) as an alternative to prosecution. When he failed to pay the fine the matter was referred to the court.
Mr Delafeld failed to attend the court, did not enter a plea and was found guilty in his absence. As a result of this successful prosecution Mr Delafeld was ordered to pay a total of £305 which was a fine of £75, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £200 and a £30 victim surcharge.
In 2017/18, the council issued a total of 472 FPNs for littering in Cambridge. The money collected from the fixed penalties is invested in practical activities such as the council Streets and Open Spaces volunteer scheme to ensure that streets, parks and other public places remain clean, safe and pleasant places to be.
Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “Littering shows a blatant disregard for the environment and is a crime that we take very seriously. I am pleased that the court imposed a sentence that reflects the seriousness of the offence.
“Those who ignore the rules that the rest of us abide by should have to pay the price for their antisocial, criminal behaviour, and I hope this prosecution sends a clear message – that our enforcement team will take action against those who litter.”
The council uses fixed penalty notices as an alternative to prosecution when dealing with other environmental crimes including litter, dog fouling, illegal advertising and abandoned vehicles.
Money raised from the fly tipping fixed penalty notices is put back into services relating to tackling fly tipping, litter and dog fouling.
To report litter go to: https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/report-litter