A woman from Clay Cross and a man from Lincoln have both been prosecuted after they were witnessed littering by the North East Derbyshire District Council Environmental Health Enforcement team in Clay Cross.
The female resident from Clay Cross was witnessed littering in a car park in the town centre by Environmental Health Enforcement Officers who were on a patrol.
She was originally given a £80 fixed penalty notice for the littering, which she failed to pay. The case was dealt with by the court on 20th January 2023 and she was fined £220, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and £212.23 in prosecution costs meaning a total of £466.23.
The male from Lincoln was also prosecuted for littering in the Sharley Park car park in Clay Cross after being witnessed littering by Environmental Enforcement Officers who were on a patrol.
He was also given a £80 fixed penalty notice for the littering, which he failed to pay. The case was dealt with by the court on 9th March 2023 and he was fined £220, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £34 and £100 in prosecution costs meaning a total of £354.
The Council Environmental Health Enforcement Team are equipped with body cameras and patrol town centres regularly where littering is a problem.
In 2022 the Council increased the fixed penalty amount for littering from £80 to £150 (reduced to £100 on early payment) to try and help reduce littering.
50 fixed penalties for littering have been issued by the Team since the beginning of April 2022, the majority of whom pay. Those who choose not to pay will be prosecuted.
North East Derbyshire District Council Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Charlotte Cupit said, “We have a zero tolerance approach to littering, and we will continue to take full action against those involved where possible.
Littering is a crime which blights our beautiful district and as we have shown before we will not tolerate this behaviour.
Our investment in Environmental Health and our Enforcement team during the last four years is proving fruitful as they continue to help keep our district clean and they are ready to take action where necessary to reduce littering and other enviro-crimes in our district.”
You can report incidents of environmental such as littering, dog fouling and fly tipping crime at www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk.