Ilford litterbug fined hundreds of pounds for dropping cigarette butt in Barking street
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A litterbug is now more than £500 worse off after dropping a cigarette butt in Barking town centre – despite being right by a bin.
Ana Simao of Kingston Road, Ilford, left her fag end on the pavement outside a sandwich shop on Station Parade – but had been spotted by an enforcement officer, who slapped her with an on-the-spot fine of £75.
The officer explained to Ms Simao that she had committed the criminal offence of littering, which is upon conviction with a fine of up to £2,500 and a criminal record.
If she paid the £75 fine within 14 days, though, there would be no further action.
However, the smoker didn’t cough up, despite repeated letters to both her work and home addresses.
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Ms Simao was summonsed to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ court on February 17 but didn’t turn up.
Now she has been ordered to pay a fine of £220, costs of £308 and a victim surcharge of £30 – a total of £558 – and has been given 28 days to make the payment.
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Cllr Laila Butt, cabinet member for enforcement and community safety, said: “I do hope this sends a very clear message that whether you work in, visit or live in our borough you must have a sense of civic pride – you cannot turn our streets or public spaces into an ashtray or worse and hope to get away with it.
“What makes this particular offence worse is that there are a number of public bins she could have used right in front of the location.”
She added: “Let this be a very clear warning that we will continue to clamp down hard on all grime crime. There is no place for this kind of behaviour in Barking and Dagenham.”