Nottingham City Council has successfully fined eight people over £500 each for littering offences over the past two weeks.
All eight offenders were ordered to pay the fines after refusing to pay the initial on the spot fixed penalty notice of £75 when they were observed littering.
Kirsty Michelle Payne of 86 Arkwright Walk, The Meadows, was found guilty of not clearing up dog mess and ordered to pay £603 after the case was proven in her absence on August 10 2009 at Nottingham Magistrates Court.
On August 12 2009, seven other offenders were found guilty of littering after their cases were proven in absence at Nottingham Magistrates Court.
John Bakewell of 4 Twells Close, St Ann’s and Wieslaw Zalikowski of 59 Buckingham Road, Aylesbury were each fined £603 for littering offences.
Ms Sam Tynan of 4 Thurgarton Avenue, Colwick was fined £598 for a littering offence.
Zsolt Nagy of 8 Palace Gate, London; Jurji Sipolev of 83 Newfield Road, Sherwood; Anthony Morrison of 84 Highpoint, Noel Street Hyson and Kindir Singh of 185 Bobbers Mill Road, Bobbers Mill were each fined £594 for litter offences.
The money from the fines will go directly into the City Council’s street cleaning and its commitment to make Nottingham England’s cleanest major city in 2011.
As part of the commitment a new enforcement team is being set up, to work alongside with the City Council’s current Enviro Crime team, to fast-track prosecutions for littering, fly-tipping and other enviro crimes so ‘Griminals’ pay the price for committing a crime.
The City Council have also launched a new ‘Don’t be a Griminal’ campaign which will tackle litter and graffiti in the city and highlight the new services that will be introduced to help combat dirty streets and encourage the community to get more involved in clean up activities in their neighbourhood.
Cllr Katrina Bull, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change, said: “The offenders were given the opportunity to pay their original fine but they did not so we had no option but to take them to court.
“This sends out the message that Nottingham City Council does not tolerate littering of any kind and will take action against those people who continue to do so.
“Naming Griminals and publicising the large fines that are imposed by courts for enviro crimes shows our determination to make sure that grime doesn’t pay. The new grime-busting enforcement team will increase the number of legal actions taken against fly-tippers, graffiti sprayers and others that mess up our neighbourhoods and will also make the whole process much quicker.”