More hefty fines for dropping litter

Fourteen more people were fined for littering offences at Plymouth Magistrates Court this week..

The offenders were all given fixed penalty notices by the environmental enforcement officers, working for Kingdom Services Group on behalf of the Council, 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.

Twelve of the offenders did not attend their hearings on Tuesday and were found guilty in their absence and ordered to pay a total of £692 each.

The fine of £440, £208 costs and a victim surcharge of £44 must now be paid within 28 days.

Another pleaded guilty by post and must pay a £184 fine, £104 costs and victim surcharge of £30.

Meanwhile, one defendant attended court, pleaded guily and was ordered to pay a total of £100.

This is the second time in as many weeks that the Council has brought those responsible for litter offences before the court. On that occasion, 16 people were ordered to pay £692 each for offences that could have been dealt with via a £80 fixed penalty notice.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “Once again, some people still don’t seem to understand that littering is against the law and will not be tolerated in Plymouth.

“Don’t drop litter. That is the clear message here. It’s simple, the vast majority of Plymouth residents understand this. For those who can’t, there must be punishment.”

This week cases were brought to the court by Plymouth City Council with Kingdom Services Group. The Council teamed up with Kingdom in March in a bid to discourage people from the behaviour that can blight our beautiful city.

Since then, environmental enforcement officers have been on the streets of Plymouth, tasked with preventing littering, dog fouling and enforcing dog control.

The fines and victim surcharges will be payable to the court whilst costs cover the legal fees in pursuing the cases.

Members of the public are being encouraged to get in touch if they see an offence being committed.

If residents are able to identify the offender and provide a witness statement then they are encouraged to report it via our online self-service system.