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Four fined for dropping cigarette butts in Grantham

By Grantham Reporter

Four people from Grantham who failed to pay fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued by South Kesteven District Council’s enviro-crime enforcement team have been fined by Lincoln magistrates.

Samantha Atterbury, of Redmile Walk, Ieva Grinberga, of Hathersage Close, Jane Hibbitt, of Warmington Avenue, and Ian Tracey, of Porter Square, all dropped cigarette butts in the town.

Each was prosecuted for littering under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and fined £220, with a victim surcharge of £30. The council was awarded full costs of £83 in each of the cases, which were proved in the defendants’ absence.

It is a criminal offence for a person to drop, throw down, leave or deposit litter in a public place. SKDC’s enforcement officers can issue £100 FPNs to anyone caught dropping litter. Those who pay discharge their liability for prosecution in court.

The council’s cabinet member for environment Councillor Peter Moseley said: “We have pledged to crack down on littering and other anti-social behaviour that can blight our communities.

“People have to realise that they cannot drop cigarette butts, or any other kind of litter, without risking a significant financial penalty.

“These prosecutions show we are serious in our intention to help make sure a minority of people do not spoil the environment for those who want to enjoy it.”

Income from FPNs goes towards the cost of maintaining the district’s street standards.

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