Four Stafford smokers will have to stump up a total of more than £1,300 after they threw cigarette butts on the ground.
The man and three women were given on the spot £75 penalties after being spotted discarding the fag ends on streets around the town centre by Borough Council officers. The littering offences came before the court yesterday (Wednesday) because none of them had paid their fines.
Fiona Woodward, aged 27, of Melrose Avenue, Tonia Tolley, aged 22, of Shepherds Bush Street, and 43 year old Paula Nevill, of Gray Walk were ordered to pay fines and costs of £382.15 each after being found guilty in their absence by Stafford Magistrates. Mark Gibson, aged 57, from Conway Road, Doxey was made to pay a total of £217.15 in fines and costs after he pleaded guilty to the offence.
All the offences took place in March and April of this year in the town’s Greengate Street, Market Square, and Princes Street.
Stafford Borough Council spends around £100,000 each year cleaning up litter within the town centre.
After the case, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, Councillor Frank Finlay, said: “If you treat our area as a giant ash tray then expect to face fines or prosecution. Those who enjoy the environment they live in do not want inconsiderate people littering the streets of the borough.
“I hope the amounts these people will have to pay will send a clear message to any others who throw their cigarette butts onto the streets.”