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Council clampdown on litter louts who ignore fines

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A COUNCIL clampdown on litter louts in Warrington has resulted in prosecutions for three people who failed to pay their fixed penalty notices for dropping litter.

Claire Watson, 26 of Brownhill Drive, Warrington, Joseph Cummings, 35 of Petersham Drive, Warrington, and Jeff Lawley, 52 of Alford Close, Merseyside were successfully prosecuted at Warrington Magistrates’ Court recently.

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Peter Astley

Each were given the chance to pay a fixed penalty notice within 14 days but despite reminders, all three chose to ignore them.

As a result, they were found guilty in their absence for littering within Warrington Town Centre and each were fined £100 as well as £200 legal costs and a £20 victim surcharge each.

Peter Astley, assistant director for regulation and public protection, said: “These latest prosecutions are part of a council clampdown on litterbugs and show how seriously we are dealing with people who drop litter.

“Some people still think they can avoid paying a fine by ignoring it, but they should think twice.

“The message is simple – think before you mess up our streets. We are taking a tougher stance against littering and these fines should be a deterrent to others who think they can get away with it.”

Cllr Judith Guthrie, executive board member for regulation and public protection, said: “It simply isn’t fair that taxpayers should be forking out money every year because of a minority that can’t look after the community.

“No matter where you live in Warrington, everyone needs to take responsibility and do their bit to help keep our town clean.

“Don’t drop litter, put it in a bin, or keep it with you until you find one.”

 

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