Litter fines warning

Article dated Monday Dec 4, 2017 at 02:42 PM

People who neglected to pay on the spot fines for dropping litter in Bradford have been taught an expensive lesson.

Since July this year private Enforcement Officers have been operating in Bradford, handing out £80 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) to people who drop litter - including cigarette ends and chewing gum and spitting - or allow their dogs to foul.

While many people subsequently paid the £80, others ignored the demand and ended up being taken to court by Bradford Council.

Last week Bradford magistrates imposed a total of £12,296 in fines with £9,440 costs on 55 people who had failed to pay the £80 FPN and pleaded guilty by post to dropping litter.

This works out of an average of more than £395 each. As well as the fine, each convicted defendant has also ended up with a criminal record against their name.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Culture, said: "The message is clear, don’t drop litter if you don’t want to get a Fixed Penalty Notice but if you do get one, don’t ignore it because it won’t go away.

"The last thing we want to do is to give people a criminal record and drag them through the courts, but if behaviour doesn’t change, we don’t have much choice. If you are caught dropping litter, and you don’t pay the £80, then you will end up with a much more painful bill.

"Dropping litter and leaving it to blight our streets is just another form of anti-social behaviour. We just want people to stop and think about what they are going to do with their rubbish and dispose of it properly."

Since they began operating in Bradford in July this year, the Enforcement Officers have handed out more than 2,500 FPNs.

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