How a £75 fine for throwing a cigarette butt into the street rocketed to £320

11:31 28 April 2014

Fenland District Council

Fenland District Council

Archant

Throwing away a cigarette butt in the street has cost a March man £320, following a prosecution brought by Fenland District Council.

Michael Smith, aged 26, of Station Road, March, was issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice for littering by one of the council’s Street Scene officers last August. He had been spotted dropping the cigarette in Norfolk Street, Wisbech.

The council decided to prosecute after Smith failed to make any payment, despite several reminders and phone calls.

When the case was heard at King’s Lynn Magistrates Court, Smith failed to attend. In his absence magistrates imposed a £150 fine, together with £150 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

It means Smith now has to fork out £245 more than he would have done if he had paid the original £75 penalty.

The council’s enforcement team has issued 87 fixed penalty notices for littering, dog fouling or parking offences across the district in the past year.

More than half of all litter dropped each day in Fenland is cigarette-related.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cambs Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cambs Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cambs Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 09:50
Police are holding a Cold Case Review on Terry McSpadden who has been missing for nearly four years.

The family of Terry McSpadden who disappeared nine years ago is calling for answers after the inquest into his death was opened.

Yesterday, 09:31
Shed catches fire in Robingoodfellows Lane, March

A shed caught fire in Robingoodfellows Lane, March at around midnight on Sunday.

Yesterday, 16:02
Seal up is rescued at Hunstanton

A week old seal pup has his her jaw wired up after she was found abandoned on the beach at Hunstanton.

Yesterday, 14:51
The Bishop of Ely, The Rt Rev Stephen Conway

The Bishop of Ely says the referendum vote surprised him and many “like myself are fearful of the unforeseen consequences of our decision”.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up