02 October 2018
Belinda Buttrick, of Bosworth Close, Hinckley did not appear at the Leicester Magistrates Court and so was convicted on Wednesday 19 September 2018 for the offence of littering.
The woman was fined £220 by the court. In addition to the fine, she was ordered to pay costs of £380 and a victim surcharge of £30.
The court was told that a council officer witnessed Mrs Buttrick throwing the cigarette end from her car window whilst her car was parked in a car park in Sword Drive, Hinckley, on 21 February. Mrs Buttrick subsequently admitted the offence and the Borough Council issued her with a fixed penalty notice of £80 which she failed to pay. The woman also failed to respond to any of the council’s letters warning her of legal action.
Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services at the Borough Council Cllr Mark Nickerson said: “We take littering, fly-tipping, dog fouling and graffiti offences very seriously. Our officers work hard to reduce the incidence of environmental crime and improve the cleanliness of neighbourhoods and this case should highlight to offenders that we will take action in such cases.
“It costs council taxpayers a lot of money to clear up after those who don’t dispose of their litter responsibility. It only takes a couple of seconds to use a litter bin.”