Nine people were fined for littering offences at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The offenders were all given fixed penalty notices by the Council’s environmental enforcement officers, who witnessed them dropping litter on the city’s streets.
However, despite several reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid, resulting in a summons to court.
None of the nine attended to contest their case and so were all found guilty in their absence and each ordered to pay £634.
The fine of £440, £150 costs and a victim surcharge of £44 must now be paid within 28 days. All nine defendant will now carry a criminal record.
The fines and victim surcharges will be payable to the court whilst costs cover the legal fees in pursuing the cases.
The original fixed penalty notice was for just £80, although offenders caught today must now pay £100.
Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “The first message here is simple: don’t drop litter. It simply won’t be tolerated in our city.
“The second message is if you are caught red handed, then pay up. We are not afraid to take you to court but doing so costs us time that we could be spending on other, more pressing council business.
“Put your hands up, avoid more costs and a permanent stain on your record.”
Aimed at deterring littering, fly-tipping, fly-posting and dog fouling and control, the move allowed a more flexible approach to keeping our city clean with officers patrolling areas reported as hotspots by the public.
If your area have a particular issue with litter, log on to our website and tell us.
Here’s the link: www.plymouth.gov.uk/envirocrime