Lancaster litter offender picks up hefty fine

A Lancaster woman has been fined for dropping a cigarette butt in the street
A Lancaster woman has been fined for dropping a cigarette butt in the street

A Lancaster woman has been fined a total of £330 by Lancaster Magistrates for dropping a cigarette butt in the street.

Lyndsey Johnson of Mount Avenue, Lancaster, was issued with a £80 fixed penalty notice in August by a city council enforcement officer in attendance at a Litter Awareness Roadshow in Market Square, Lancaster.

Having failed to pay the £80 fixed penalty fine, the case was heard by Lancaster Magistrates on Monday, November 2.

Johnson failed to attend the hearing and was ordered to pay a £250 fine, £60 costs, and £20 victim surcharge in her absence.

Coun David Smith, Cabinet member with responsibility for the environment, said: “One of Lancaster City Council’s key priorities is to ensure our district is a clean and healthy place to live. 
“One of the ways we are doing this is by taking enforcement action against those who chose to ruin it for everyone else by dropping litter in the street including lumps of chewing gum and cigarette ends.

“Anyone who drops litter is liable to an £80 on the spot fine if caught by a member of council staff or Police Community Support Officer and this case shows that failing to keep our streets neat and tidy, as well as refusing to pay the price for the offence, can cost you dear.”