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Telford's first successful litter prosecution

Telford & Wrekin Council has successfully prosecuted its first resident for dropping a cigarette butt out of her car window.

The councils environmental enforcement officers caught Marie Jones, of Wellington, discarding the cigarette as she stopped at traffic lights.

Jones was fined £100 and ordered to pay £300 costs after being found guilty of dropping litter and failing to pay her fixed penalty notice fine (FPN), at Telford Magistrates Court.

Lorraine Fowkes, prosecuting on behalf of Telford & Wrekin Council told the court that when the council got in touch with Jones on July 10 to say the fine had not been paid, Jones replied by writing a letter which said: I wanted to throw it what has it got to do with you?

Telford & Wrekins successful prosecution highlights the growing number of councils prepared to use their powers to issue littering fines. Last week Local Environment minister Ben Bradshaw praised the increase in the number of councils using the FPN system to tackle littering. 

Telford & Wrekin Council spokesman David Morgan said the council had issued over 60 fines since January 2006. The enforcement team are very happy that FPNs are helping get the message across.

Weve been saying for many years that people have got to take responsibility. Education and information are part of the solution but FPNs are the ultimate sanction.

We want to send out the message that this behaviour just doesnt wash any more, he said.
Morgan confirmed that the council had followed up on all of its issued fines, and although there were a couple in the system, so far the council had only one case of failure to pay.

Telford & Wrekins case comes as Liverpool City Council has announced that it is about to use its extensive range of CCTV cameras to tackle anti-social motorists who throw rubbish out of their cars.

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