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Smoker fined for dropping cigarette butt

Dropping a cigarette end in Mansfield Market Place has cost a smoker nearly £600 after he was prosecuted for littering.

Steven Bowler, aged 32, of Elder Street, Sutton in Ashfield, was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £346.90 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court in Derby heard that he failed to enter a plea for the offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the case was proved in his absence on 21 November 2018.

The court was told that Steven Bowler was seen by a council Neighbourhood Warden dropping a cigarette end on the ground in the Market Place on 14 May 2018.  He was issued with a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice but never paid it so the case was taken to court.

Cllr Bill Drewett, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: "There is just no excuse for dropping cigarette butts - or any kind of litter - on the ground anywhere. 

"There are plenty of litter bins around the town centre - and even if there aren't any bins, people should take their litter home rather than discarding it on the ground. This is very basic civilised behaviour and most people do not have a problem with abiding by it. 

"This particular offender compounded the punishment for his offence by not paying his Fixed Penalty Notice. People should be clear about Fixed Penalty Notices - ignore them at your peril, because the council will not ignore them and will pursue non-payers to court if they are not paid." 

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