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Nine prosecuted for littering in Cambridge

News release from 10/09/2019

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

All of the individuals who were prosecuted were witnessed dropping cigarette ends and were issued with a fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution. In all of the cases the individuals failed to pay the fine and the matters were referred to the court. None of the individuals entered a plea and all were found guilty by the Magistrates Court.

On Friday 17 May:

  • Emily Grief of Minerva Way was ordered to pay a total of £400 for dropping her cigarette end on Fitzroy Street which included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £150 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Charles Delafeld of Crown Walk, St Ives was ordered to pay a total of £470 for dropping his cigarette end on St Andrews Street which included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £220 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Thomas Cchomlafe of Histon Road was ordered to pay a total of £400 for dropping his cigarette end on St Andrews Street which included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £150 and a £30 victim surcharge.

On Friday 19 July 

  • Christian Binta of Hazelwood Close was ordered to pay a total of £450 for dropping her cigarette end on St Andrews Street which included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £200 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Steph Burns of Ravensworth Gardens was ordered to pay a total of £450 for dropping her cigarette end on Fitzroy Street which included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £200 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Paulo Graziani of Wycliffe Road was ordered to pay a total of £450 for dropping her cigarette end on Regent Terrace which included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £200 and a £30 victim surcharge.

On Friday 16 August: 

  • Sharon Day of Ashfield Road was ordered to pay a total of £450 for dropping her cigarette end on St Andrews Street which included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £200 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Kim Noakes of Rutheford Close, Uxbridge was ordered to pay a total of £450 for dropping her cigarette end on Regent Street which included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £200 and a £30 victim surcharge.
  • Tracey Smith of Spinney Way, Needingworth was ordered to pay a total of £450 for dropping her cigarette end on St Andrews Street which included a fine of £220, as well as a contribution towards the council’s costs of £200 and a £30 victim surcharge.

In 2018-19, the council issued a total of 392 fixed penalty notices for littering in Cambridge. The money generated by the fixed penalties is invested in services 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 Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “We know that the majority of residents want our city to be kept as clean as possible and that we take very seriously all levels of environmental crime. There are many unsung heroes helping to keep their own communities clean and tidy and it is only right that we take tough action on those who choose to litter.

“Cigarette butts may be small but they are made of a form of plastic which takes up to ten years to degrade, plus they are choc-full of toxic chemicals which are harmful to the environment, including birds and marine life if they wash into our waterways.

“Taking someone to court is a last resort but anyone ignoring a fixed penalty notice leaves themselves at risk of prosecution which could result in a hefty bill and a criminal record.”

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.

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