Cambridgeshire men prosecuted for littering

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In prosecutions brought by Cambridge City Council, two Cambridgeshire men have been ordered to pay fines of £75 and £100, as well as costs, for littering cigarette ends.

Thomas Ball was ordered to pay a total of £295 by Cambridge Magistrates on 17 July for littering. Mr Ball was witnessed dropping his cigarette end in Market Street by one of the city council’s enforcement officers and was issued a fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution. But, when he failed to pay the fine the matter was referred to court.

As Mr Ball failed to attend the court, and did not enter a plea, he was found guilty in his absence. As a result of this successful prosecution Mr Ball was ordered to pay a total of £295, which was a fine of £75 as well as £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Jason Bennett was ordered to pay a total of £260 by Cambridge Magistrates on 29 July for littering. Mr Bennett was witnessed dropping his cigarette end in Mill Road by one of the city council’s enforcement officers and was issued a fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution. He failed to pay the fine and the matter was referred to court.

At the trial Mr Bennett failed to attend the court and did not enter a plea. He was found guilty in his absence. Mr Bennett was ordered to pay a total of £260 including a fine of £100, as well as £140 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Cllr Peter Roberts, Executive Councillor for Environment, Waste and Public Health said: "People should take responsibility for disposing of their rubbish in a responsible manner and use the bins provided or take their rubbish home.

"We should all do our part to keep the city clean and tidy. Currently there are free re-usable ashtray wallets at the reception of the Guildhall, so I encourage smokers to pick one up when they are next in the city centre."

The council’s public realm enforcement team balance enforcement activities and education to encourage people dispose of their litter legally.

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