Court or­ders lit­ter louts to pay £7,000

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ @jamie_lopez1

MORE than 20 peo­ple have been fined hun­dreds of pounds af­ter be­ing caught lit­ter­ing in Sefton.

Res­i­dents from around the bor­ough and as far as Bed­ford were pros­e­cuted af­ter drop­ping items in­clud­ing cig­a­rette butts, a plas­tic cup and a piece of pa­per.

Twenty-two peo­ple were con­victed of lit­ter­ing of­fences at South Sefton Mag­is­trates’ Court in Boo­tle on Tues­day, Au­gust 22, Tues­day, Au­gust 29, and Tues­day, Septem­ber 5.

Of those 22, only one per­son, 18-year-old Chelsea Re­becca Owen of Crosby Road South, Water­loo, ap­peared in court to plead guilty. The rest were con­victed in their ab­sence.

All those con­victed had been given fines on the spot af­ter be­ing seen drop­ping items by en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

They were orig­i­nally given 10 days to pay a £60 fine, ris­ing to £75 if paid be­tween 10 and 14 days.

Af­ter fail­ing to do that, they were sent a let­ter giv­ing ad­di­tional time to pay that higher amount, be­fore be­ing sent a fi­nal let­ter de­mand­ing £125.

Af­ter ig­nor­ing that fi­nal chance, the mat­ter was moved to the courts and means each of­fender must pay the £125 plus the coun­cil’s costs and a vic­tim sur­charge.

The to­tal fines given to each per­son ranged be­tween £322 and £422 and adds up to more than £7,000 com­bined.

Of those con­victed, sev­eral in­volved cig­a­rette butts be­ing dropped in Chapel Street in South­port.

A spokesman for Sefton Coun­cil said:

“No mat­ter how big or small an item is, drop­ping lit­ter is an of­fence.

“Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the bor­ough need to un­der­stand that they are re­spon­si­ble for cor­rectly dis­pos­ing of their own waste and we will not hes­i­tate in fol­low­ing court pro­ceed­ings for those who sim­ply ig­nore this.

“Court cases like th­ese high­light what can hap­pen if you are caught and we hope it will make peo­ple think twice be­fore just throw­ing their waste away.

“Ei­ther take it home or use a bin.”

Sefton Coun­cil is de­ter­mined to crack down on lit­ter­ing

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