Littering in Christchurch cost three people £459 each
IF you drop your cigarette butts in Christchurch be prepared to get a fine.
Three people are £459 worse off having been convicted of littering in Christchurch.
Siobhan Sims and Bethany Sims both from Christchurch and Marcus Eaton from New Milton– were each fined £100 and each ordered to pay costs of £339 and a victim surcharge of £20 at Bournemouth Magistrates Court on 21 August.
All three were seen dropping cigarette butts – Marcus Eaton at Highcliffe Cliff Top car park and Siobhan and Bethany Sims in Christchurch High Street - in April this year. They were given Fixed Penalty Notices which they failed to pay on time despite two reminders.
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Keith Mallett, Head of Legal and Democratic Services at the Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership, said: “These fines show that we’re not prepared to tolerate people who litter our streets, whether it is with a cigarette butt or anything else. These people had the opportunity to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 which they ignored, so it has cost them much more.
“A lot of money is spent by the council on street sweeping, money which could be used to a much better purpose if people didn’t drop litter.”