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Litterer pays a heavy price following prosecution

Environmental health

06 April 2022

Bags of rubbish by the side of a road

A woman who dumped nine sacks of rubbish and two carrier bags of used fireworks by the side of a road has been ordered to pay more than £1,300 in fines and court costs.

A Neighbourhood Warden from West Northamptonshire Council found the rubbish piled on a grass verge next to a zebra crossing in Holmecross Road in Thorplands, Northampton on 8 November last year.

Following an investigation, the Warden served a fixed penalty notice of £150 on Tanya Dawes (35), of Arbour View Court, Thorplands.

However after failing to pay the penalty notice or make any contact with the Council, she was prosecuted.

And at Wellingborough Magistrates Court on Tuesday 29 March, Dawes was found guilty in her absence of littering. She was fined £200 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,125, plus a victim surcharge of £34. A 28-day collection order was made for the total sum of £1,359.

The message is clear - we will not hesitate to take action against those who think they can dump their rubbish wherever they want. There is simply no excuse for littering, and offenders will face the consequences of their actions.Cllr David Smith, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services
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