Smokers fined over £ 1,000 each for throwing cigarette butts on streets of Sunderland


The five culprits, who were prosecuted by Sunderland City Council, were each fined £ 1,110 after failing to pay the initial fixed penalty notice of £ 150.

The South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, which imposed the fines, also charged each of the offenders £ 235 in costs after they failed to appear in court. Due to their absence, the five incidents were “proven absent”.

Legal action was taken after the five offenders failed to respond to the recall letters.

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Sunderland City Council hopes the fines serve as a warning to others to properly dispose of cigarette butts and other waste.

Deputy Chief and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Advisor Claire Rowntree, said: “Most people manage to dispose of their cigarette butts properly. Sadly there is a minority who don’t and they run the risk of £ 150 trash and if they ignore the warning letters they may face legal action. “Smoking is an unhealthy habit and can be even more costly if you don’t dispose of your cigarette ends properly. As these fines show, magistrates also take a very dim view of the smokers that litter our city, not to put up with it. the minority who cannot properly and legally dispose of their rubbish and rubbish. “

Sunderland City Council has taken legal action against five people after dropping cigarette butts in and around the city.

Those fined were Margaret Ferguson, of Gladstone Terrace, Wash., After a violation at Peel Retail Park on June 28, and Joanne Watson of Collin Avenue, South Shields, following an incident outside McDonalds in Sunderland town center.

Further downtown infractions were committed by Liam Martin of Clovelly Road following an infraction outside Marks & Spencer, Racheal Palin of Blind Lane, Silksworth, for an incident outside Sports Direct and Lacey James, of Riversdale Terrace, following a Market Square violation. In the past two years, 452 people have received fixed litter penalty notices in Sunderland. The cases were heard in court on Wednesday, December 15. All the infractions took place this year.

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