PURGE ON LITTER LEADS TO COURT FINE

Richmondshire’s purge on littering has seen a Colburn man fined for dropping a cigarette from his car window.

After failing to pay the £80 fine he was taken to court – where he received a further £60 fine and was ordered to pay a total of £140 in costs.

The offence was spotted by a member of the council’s enforcement team when he threw the cigarette from the stationary car in Colburn Lane.

“This case sends a message to everyone – we take littering seriously and will prosecute people who flout the law,” said Colin Dales, Corporate Director.

“This man dropped the cigarette butt from his car window very close to his own home and then failed to pay the fine, even though the council attempted to help by giving him time to pay it.

“We urge people not to drop litter of any kind – please use the bins the council provides or take your rubbish home, whether that’s a crisp packet, drinks can, newspaper or cigarette end.   Rubbish is bad for wildlife and the environment and we will take action when it occurs.

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