Six fined after being found guilty of littering
Six people have been ordered to pay a total of almost £1,500 after being found guilty of dropping litter.
The three men and three women were each handed a Fixed Penalty Notice after being spotted littering by our neighbourhood wardens.
All failed to pay the fine and were subsequently prosecuted by the authority.
They were charged with littering under Section 87(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 having dropped litter at various locations across the county from June 2017.
They were found guilty in their absence at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court earlier this week.
The defendants were:
- Steven Burns, 28, of Gordon Terrace, Stanley
- Kerry Young, 32, of John Street, No Place, Beamish
- Maria Pattison, 26, of Poplar Street, South Moor
- Megan Davenport, 21, of Rowan Lee, Brandon
- Carl Watson, 34, of Wear Road, Stanley
- Matthew Clough, 23, of Hawthorn Crescent, Quarrington Hill
All six were fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £130 and a victim surcharge of £30.
In addition, 29-year-old Kaylee Freeman of Bevin Square in South Hetton was handed a £120 fine as well as costs of £130 and a victim surcharge of £30 after failing to pick up after her dog.
On 9 May 2017, one of our neighbourhood wardens was conducting a patrol due to complaints a female who had previously been issued with a fine was still letting her dog foul, when he observed a dog defecating.
When asked if she owned the dog, Freeman said that she did and after being told that failing to pick up after her dog was an offence subject to a fixed penalty notice, admitted she was in a hurry and had failed to bring any bags.
She was issued with a FPN, which she failed to pay.
Paying the price
Ian Hoult, our neighbourhood protection manager, said: "We know that littering is a concern for residents across the county and we take firm action against anyone breaking the law.
"It takes very little effort to responsibly dispose of litter but not doing so can be very costly, as these prosecutions show.
"We hope this acts as a warning to others not to drop litter or they could end up out of pocket and with a criminal record."