No ifs or butts - it’s a £75 fine

Date: 14 Mar, 2017

More than 20 litter louts have been fined in Stafford Town Centre already this month. 

The 21 men and women, aged between 16 and 79 years old, were given fixed penalty notices of £75 after discarding cigarette butts on the ground in various streets around the town centre during the first few days of March. 

Five lived in the Stafford Borough area but the others came from Stoke, Uttoxeter, Burntwood, Hanley, Brownhills, Walsall and Church Stretton in Shropshire. 

Borough bosses say the fixed penalty money will go towards environmental improvement measures and warned they would take court action if the fines were not paid. 

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said: “People who take pride in their area are rightly fed up with those who treat our streets as a giant ashtray. We have long had a zero tolerance approach to littering and have warned people time and time again that if they do throw rubbish - and that includes cigarette butts - on the ground then they cannot complain when they are given a fine. 

“And the money we get from fines will be used for the benefit of our environment.” 

You can report environmental problems at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/streetscene-service-online-forms

Press Release No 5324

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