Litter bugs fined nearly £400 after dropping cigarette ends at Barking station
PUBLISHED: 14:19 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 14:19 24 February 2014
Four litter bugs have had to pay out nearly £400 each after council enforcement officers caught them dropping cigarette butts.
Martynas Zilinskas, Richard Clark, Dylan Smithson and Joao Dasilva were each caught dropping the offending items at Barking station on separate occasions.
They were each issued a £75 fine but were charged to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court after failing to pay it.
All four were found guilty on Friday, February 14. They were each fined £110 and ordered to pay £282 costs, including a £20 victim surcharge.
Cllr Jeanne Alexander, cabinet member for crime, justice and communities, said: “These cases demonstrate that we will not tolerate littering in Barking and Dagenham and shows how far we will go to get the message across.
“Our borough is not a dumping ground and if people think they can get away with it, we will come down heavy on them.
“The message is clear — littering is an offence, and that includes cigarette ends.”