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Woman ordered to pay more than £600 after dropping cigarette in Dagenham street

PUBLISHED: 09:54 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:06 06 July 2017

A woman has been forced to pay more than £600 after failing to pay a £75 littering fine to Barking and Dagenham Council

A woman has been forced to pay more than £600 after failing to pay a £75 littering fine to Barking and Dagenham Council

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A driver who threw a cigarette stub in the street has been ordered to pay more than £600 after failing to pay a £75 fine.

Geraldine Gibson, 55, dropped the stub out of her car window at the corner between Renwick Road and the A13 in Dagenham on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 but failed to pay a fine issued by the council.

Gibson was ordered to pay £630 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Friday, June 16, in what cabinet member for enforcement and community safety Councillor Laila Butt said should be a lesson for “assorted enviro criminals” and “litter louts”.

“Cigarette stubs are as much rubbish as a can or street wrapper,” she said. “Over 60 per cent of street litter in the borough is made up by cigarettes.

“If you get caught throwing them on our streets you will pay dearly for it.”

Gibson, of Hermitage Walk, South Woodford, was ordered to pay a £100 fine, £500 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to littering.

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