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Wrexham litterbugs in court for failing to pay fines

clip_image002Forty-five people who dropped litter in the County Borough of Wrexham and failed to pay their resulting £75 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) found themselves in front of Wrexham Magistrates Court this week.

All forty-five offenders were fined between £75 and £100 for dropping litter, with costs of £50 awarded in all cases, along with a victim surcharge. Unfortunately the fines levied at court are not payable to Wrexham Council, going instead to central government. If the offenders had paid their original £75 FPN then the money would have gone to the local council and could have been used locally.

The £75 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) had been issued by Kingdom’s Environmental Protection Officers as part of Wrexham Council’s crackdown on litter and dog fouling. Kingdom started providing this service to Wrexham Council on the 1st April 2016. Kingdom also operates a “Bin it to Win it” campaign to encourage people to dispose of their litter properly. The scheme gives people who are spotted by Kingdom’s officers putting their litter in the bin the chance to be entered into a monthly prize draw for £50 of local shopping vouchers.

Bryony Tomlinson, prosecuting, told the magistrates that littering was a big problem, explaining that: “It is estimated to cost a local authority in Wales more than £40 million a year to remove litter from our streets.” She added that dropped cigarette butts in particular have become a big problem for the environment, as “cigarette ends that go into drains have an impact on their efficiency at times of heavy rain which increases the chance of flooding.”

Commenting on the fines, Cllr David A Bithell, lead member for environment and transport on Wrexham Council, said: “I am very pleased the magistrates ruled in our favour in each of these instances. I hope this shows that we will use all our powers under the law to follow all environmental enforcement action to its end. I’ve repeatedly stated that if you don’t drop litter or allow your dog to foul, you have nothing to fear from our action. Our zero-tolerance approach to dog fouling and littering continues.”

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