Smoker’s £630 tab after throw­ing cig­a­rette from car

Ea­gle-eyed of­fi­cials help­ing coun­cil bring pros­e­cu­tions

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - DAVID OWEN hinck­ley­times@reach­

A CIG­A­RETTE butt thrown out of a car win­dow has cost a woman a to­tal of £630 after she was con­victed of lit­ter­ing.

Le­ices­ter Mag­is­trates’ Court heard how Belinda But­trick, of Bos­worth Close, Hinck­ley, was spot­ted dis­card­ing the butt end while parked in a car park in Sword Drive, on the out­skirts of the town, on Fe­bru­ary 21 this year.

Ear­lier this year we re­ported on two other drivers be­ing fined in the town for lit­ter­ing – one got a £60 fine one for throw­ing an ap­ple core out of a car win­dow, and the other was left £440 out of pocket for throw­ing away an­other cig­a­rette butt.

A spokeswoman for Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil said the lat­est pros­e­cu­tion fol­lowed the de­fen­dant’s fail­ure to pay an £80 fixed penalty no­tice after ini­tially ad­mit­ting the lit­ter­ing of­fence.

She said: “The court was told that a coun­cil of­fi­cer wit­nessed Mrs But­trick throw­ing the cig­a­rette end from her car win­dow while her car was parked in a car park in Sword Drive.

“She sub­se­quently ad­mit­ted the of­fence and the bor­ough coun­cil is­sued her with a fixed penalty no­tice of £80, which she failed to pay.

“Mrs But­trick also failed to re­spond to any of the coun­cil’s let­ters warn­ing her of le­gal ac­tion.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened in the car park of the town’s Hal­fords and Wickes stores, be­hind the Mile­stone pub, off the A47 Nor­mandy Way.

The case was heard in But­trick’s ab­sence after she failed to ap­pear in court for the hear­ing.

Mag­is­trates fined her £220 and or­dered her to pay £380 costs and an ad­di­tional £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

Coun­cil­lor Mark Nick­er­son, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for neigh­bour­hood ser­vices at the bor­ough coun­cil, hopes the pros­e­cu­tion will serve as a warn­ing to oth­ers.

Speak­ing after the hear­ing, he said: “We take lit­ter­ing, fly-tip­ping, dog foul­ing and graf­fiti of­fences very se­ri­ously.

“Our of­fi­cers work hard to re­duce the in­ci­dence of en­vi­ron­men­tal crime and im­prove the clean­li­ness of neigh­bour­hoods and this case should high­light to of­fend­ers that we will take ac­tion in such cases.”

He added: “It costs coun­cil tax pay­ers a lot of money to clear up after those who don’t dis­pose of their lit­ter re­spon­si­bly. It only takes a cou­ple of sec­onds to use a lit­ter bin.”

Ear­lier this year, the driver hit with a £60 fine for throw­ing an ap­ple core out of her car win­dow said she was an­gry about the penalty.

The 33-year-old was at the Tri­umph round­about on the A47 when she threw the re­mains of the ap­ple into a grass verge.

She said: “The ap­ple core would have been eaten by an­i­mals. Many peo­ple throw out an ap­ple core. I think it’s a prime lo­ca­tion for peo­ple do­ing that.”

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