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Prosecutions for unpaid littering fines in Ealing

clip_image002Thirty-five people have been made to pay a large fine and now have a criminal record after being caught by Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers dropping litter in the streets of Ealing and then refusing to pay their Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

Of the thirty five people who were prosecuted by Ealing Council, all but one now have to pay a fine of £530, which includes their court costs. When initially caught they were issued with a FPN of £80, which is the maximum penalty for this type of offence. If they had paid their FPN, they could have saved themselves £450, a criminal record and an appearance in court. People who fail to pay are initially sent a reminder, and if they still fail to pay they are then referred to the council’s legal team for prosecution.

Kingdom started patrolling the streets of Ealing, London’s third largest borough, on the 23rd September 2015, when the council started cracking down on littering, spitting and dog fouling. Since then hundreds of people have been caught red handed. Residents wishing to report littering and dog fouling can do so online at https://www.ealing.gov.uk/reportit.

The patrols are part of wider council enforcement action to clean up local streets. As well as carrying out the litter patrols, Kingdom is also part of joint operations with the police and council officers to catch people who are fly tipping. The council recently increased its Fixed Penalty Notice amount for fly-tipping to £400.

Commenting on the prosecutions, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, the Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Leisure on Ealing Council, said:

“Everyone has a part to play in helping to keep our streets clean and there is no excuse for dropping litter or cigarette butts, or spitting.

“For most people, getting an £80 fixed penalty notice is exactly the wake-up call they need to stop this dirty and selfish habit and the fact that most FPNs are paid quickly and without dispute shows that they accept they were in the wrong.

“For those people who think we aren’t taking this issue seriously, I hope that these prosecutions show that we are prepared to use our full legal powers to keep the streets clean.

“A simple £80 charge can escalate into a criminal record and a fine of hundreds of pounds. It’s much easier to simply put it in the bin in the first place.”

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