Men fined for throwing litter from cars in Bedford

Three men have been ordered to pay fines equalling almost £1,300 for littering from vehicles.

Friday, 3rd March 2017, 11:09 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:02 am

The men, from Bedford, Sandy and Wales failed to attend Luton Magistrates Court on February 22 and were found guilty in their absence.

All three were issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice which went unpaid and was then referred to the court where they were found guilty of littering.

Carlo Stagno of Sidmouth Close, Bedford was ordered to pay £427 after being found guilty of leaving litter in Rope Walk, Bedford in August 2016.

The court heard Mr Stagno was witnessed dropping litter out of his vehicle by a council officer.

The Magistrates Court imposed a fine of £220 and Mr Stagno was also ordered to pay the Councils costs of £177 and a £40 victim surcharge.

Martin Stimson of Robert Hunt Gardens, Sandy, was ordered to pay £427 after being found guilty of leaving litter in Bedford Road, Cople in June 2016.

The Magistrates Court who imposed a fine of £220 and Mr Stimson was also ordered to pay the councils costs of £177 and a £40 victim surcharge.

Byron Thomas of Orchard Park Estate, Carmarthen was ordered to pay £438 after being found guilty of leaving litter in Harrowden Road, Bedford in August 2016. The Court heard Mr Thomas was witnessed dropping litter out of his vehicle by a Council Officer and as a result the Magistrates Court imposed a fine of £220. Mr Thomas was also ordered to pay the Councils costs of £187 and a £40 victim surcharge.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Charles Royden said: “Littering is a crime and no one has the right to litter in our Borough. These men were caught red-handed by our Enviro Crime Team and have paid the price.

“Our teams work extremely hard to make sure Bedford Borough is a great place to live, work and visit; if you see anyone befouling our area report it and help us stamp out environmental crime.”