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Friday 3rd August, 2012

Litter louts – beware! Because Wigan Council’s Neighbourhood Team have got you in their sights.

This latest warning follows recent successful prosecutions brought by Wigan Council against litter bugs who show no respect for their communities.

Earlier this summer, Adele Barr of Hodges Street in Wigan was fined £55 in her absence by Wigan Magistrates after failing to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice which was issued when she was spotted dropping a cigarette. She was ordered to pay £200 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

In the same week, Wigan magistrates heard a similar case against Sharon Armstrong of Sefton Road in Orrell who was prosecuted after failing to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice, issued for dropping cellophane from a cigarette packet. After the case was proved in her absence, she was fined £200 and ordered to pay £200 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

More recently, Nicola Walker of Simpson Green, Boothstown was prosecuted after failing to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice which had been issued when she was seen dropping a cigarette butt. She did not attend court and the matter was heard in her absence. She was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £200 cost and £15 Victim Surcharge.

As one of the solicitors at court commented: 'That was a very expensive cigarette!'

“These successful prosecutions send out a clear message that littering, and failing to pay Fixed Penalty Notices imposed by the council or its partners, will result in legal action,” says Cllr Kevin Anderson, cabinet portfolio holder for communities and the environment.

“Wigan Council’s enforcement team will take action against all perpetrators of anti-social behaviour and we urge people who witness incidents of littering, dog fouling, graffiti or vandalism to contact us.”

To report incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour and environmental crime, contact Wigan Council on 01942 404364 or eshelpline@wigan.gov.uk

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