Successful prosecutions for littering

News release from 05/12/2018

TWO people have been prosecuted by Cambridge City Council for littering offences.

Kamil Senkowski from London was ordered to pay a total of £450 by the Magistrates Court on Tuesday 27 November for littering.

Mr Senkowski 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 as an alternative to prosecution. When he failed to pay the fine the matter was referred to the court.

Mr Senkowski did not enter a plea and was found guilty. As a result Mr Senkowski was ordered to pay a total of £450 which was included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £200 and a £30 victim surcharge.

Iona Skubilina of Bar Hill, was ordered to pay a total of £450 by Magistrates Court, also on Tuesday 27 November for littering.

Ms Skubilina was witnessed dropping her cigarette end on Fitzroy Street, Cambridge, by one of the council’s enforcement officers and was issued with a fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution. When she failed to pay the fine the matter was referred to the court.

Ms Skubilina did not enter a plea and was found guilty. She was ordered to pay a total of £450 which was a fine of £220, 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 fixed penalty notices 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 disregard for the environment and is a crime that we take very seriously. I am glad that that the court has imposed a sentence on these two individuals that reflects the seriousness of the offences.

“Those who ignore the rules should have to pay the price for their antisocial behaviour, and I hope this prosecution continues to send 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

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