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Two ordered to pay up after dropping cigarette ends in street

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Two Bedford people have been ordered to pay a combined £779.50 in two separate littering cases heard by magistrates on Monday 24th January.

Danny Laverity of Ampthill Road, who did not appear at Luton Magistrates’ Court on January 24, was found guilty of littering on Midland Road, Bedford in July 2013.

Mr Laverity was seen throwing a cigarette end to the ground by an authorised officer and a fixed penalty notice was issued on the spot.

Magistrates fined Mr Laverity £200 and ordered him to pay costs of £173.50 along with a victim surcharge of £20.

Marie Goddard of Bromham Road, Bedford also did not appear before magistrates and was found guilty of littering on St Cuthbert’s Street, Bedford in July 2013. Ms Goddard was seen throwing a cigarette end from her vehicle by an authorised officer and was issued a fixed penalty notice via the post.

Magistrates fined Ms Goddard £200 and ordered her to pay costs of £166 along with a victim surcharge of £20.

Magistrates expressed their displeasure at the offence of littering and praised Bedford Borough Council officers in their continued work to reduce littering within the borough.

Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson said: “We have a zero tolerance approach to all forms of environmental crime and we have issued nearly 600 Fixed Penalty Notices and prosecuted nearly 70 people through the courts since April 2013.

“We will continue to take firm action against those who believe it is acceptable to drop litter in the borough and the action taken by the court supports our efforts to keep our borough clean and tidy.”

 

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