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Five fined for littering in Stanley

Published November 07, 2017 9.37am

Five litterbugs from Stanley have been ordered to pay a combined total of £1,200 for offences spanning a six-month period.

Magistrates sitting in Newton Aycliffe charged each defendant with violating the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 

The defendants were:

  • Dean Bowman, 29, of Tweed Terrace, Stanley.
  • Garry Doughty, 47, of South View, Tantobie, Stanley.
  • Sarah King, 39, of Dunn Street, Annfield Plain, Stanley.
  • Thomas Smurthwaite, 24, Durham Road, Stanley.
  • Peter Stone, 28, of Rogerley Terrace, Stanley.

Each defendant was fined £80, ordered to pay £130 in costs, as well as a £30 victim surcharge. 

Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager, said: ""We know that littering is a concern for residents across the county, and these latest prosecutions help demonstrate our continued commitment to cracking down on the problem. Most cases of littering are dealt with by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice, but in the event of non-payment we are prepared to take people who litter to court. 

"It really does take very little effort to dispose of your litter responsibly but the consequences of not doing so can be very costly."

Littering in County Durham 

We will investigate and take the necessary action against the person who dropped the litter. We aim to respond to all litter reports by arranging for it to be cleaned up and/or arranging for an officer to patrol the areas in an effort to catch the offenders.


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