Seventeen people were fined for littering offences at Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The offenders were all given fixed penalty notices by the Environmental Enforcement Officers, working for Kingdom Services Group on behalf of the Council, having been witnessed dropping litter on the city’s streets.
However, despite several reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid, resulting in a summons to court.
Sixteen of the offenders did not attend their hearings and having been found guilty in their absence, they were 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 defendant, who attended court and pleaded guilty, was fined £80 and also ordered to pay costs of £120 and a £30 victim surcharge.
The cases against the defendants 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 dog control.
Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “Cases like these just go to show that we will pursue those who drop litter in our beautiful city through the court if we need to.
“The most obvious message to take from this is simple: do not drop litter. But if you do drop litter, and you are caught: pay your fixed penalty notice, or it will cost you a lot more in the long run.”
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.