Two Men To Pay £600 For Dropping Cigarette Butts

Two Cambridgeshire men have been ordered to pay more than £600 between them, for dropping cigarette ends.

David Robertson was ordered to pay a total of £320 by Cambridge Magistrates on Thursday 23 April for littering. Mr Robertson was witnessed dropping his cigarette end in Christ's Pieces by one of the city council's enforcement officers and was issued a fixed penalty notice as an alternative to prosecution. When he failed to pay the fine the matter was referred to the court.

As Mr Robertson 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 Robertson was ordered to pay a total of £320 which was a fine of £100, as well as £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Samir Achacha was ordered to pay a total of £295 by Cambridge Magistrates on Thursday 2 April for littering. Mr Achacha 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. When he failed to pay the fine the matter was referred to the court.

At the trial Mr Achacha entered a plea of guilty and he was ordered to pay a total of £295 which was a fine of £75, as well as £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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

"We have installed more bins across all parts of Cambridge in the past year, as many people have noticed, and we will continue to do so in the coming year in those locations raised by members of the public, residents' associations or by ward councillors.

"We have also issued many more fines for littering since taking control of the council and given people the power to influence where enforcement officers patrol.

"Most people do their part to keep the city clean and tidy. I hope these prosecutions send a clear message to people - make sure you dispose of waste legally and responsibly. The vast majority of residents, like me, are thoroughly sick of litter and the eye-watering cost of cleaning it up."

The council's Public Realm Enforcement Team balance enforcement activities and education to encourage people dispose of their litter legally, and distribute pocket ashtrays free to smokers. These can be obtained free of charge from the Guildhall reception or Mill Road depot.  

The council encourages people with new bin location or litter patrol suggestions to come along to their local Area Committee or email their local councillor via the council's website.

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