Unlucky 13 are hit with huge fines
THIRTEEN men caught urinating in the streets around London s West End have been ordered to pay a total of almost �4,000 in fines. NHS workers Jeff Tee, 55 and David Wright, 48, and 46-year-old cabbie Bihal Fahim, from Barking, were among those punished f
THIRTEEN men caught urinating in the streets around London's West End have been ordered to pay a total of almost �4,000 in fines.
NHS workers Jeff Tee, 55 and David Wright, 48, and 46-year-old cabbie Bihal Fahim, from Barking, were among those punished for relieving themselves in public.
Ten others, who failed to attend court, received fines ranging from between �258 and �373, bringing the total owed to over �3,700.
The crackdown, which started in November last year, was masterminded by Westminster Council's strategic director for city management, Dr Leith Penny.
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Tee, of Harris House, The Pinnacles, Harlow, Wright, of Overhall Farm, Gilston, Harlow, and Fahim, of Ripple Road, Barking, pleaded guilty and were each given a 12 month conditional discharge and told to pay a �158 fine.
In their absence, students Amraj Dillon, 23, of Ferndale Avenue, Hounslow, David Foster, 19, of Plintona View, Plymouth and Christopher Johnstone, 22, of Valley Road, Bucks, were each told to pay �258.
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Revolution bar tender Amari Karim, 28, of Dudden Hill, Willesden Green, was ordered to pay �373.
As was Murray Andrews, 33, of Bedford Road, Ealing, Steven Martin, 26, of Guild House Street, Westminster, Roy Peach, 22, of Abbey Road, Camden, and Eryk Ulanowski, 22, of Mitre Road, Lambeth.
Jedd Williams, 20, of Cambridge Gardens, Kensington, and 36-year-old Adam Reece, of Wren Drive, Waltham Abbey, were each told to pay �323.
Dr Penny called their actions "deplorable" and "totally unacceptable."
"I hope these cases send a clear signal to visitors to our area that we will not tolerate such behaviour," he said.
"In Westminster we provide more toilets than any other part of the capital and there are thousands of bars, nightclubs and restaurants, all with loos people can use.
"Not only is it offensive and unhygienic to urinate in the street, it costs a small fortune to clean up and get rid of the smell which seeps into brickwork and paving.
"All this is totally unnecessary as there is no need for anyone to be caught short."
Westminster Council has now installed 'pop up' toilets around hot spot locations such as Cambridge Circus, Embankment and Trafalgar Square in an attempt to combat the problem, which results in a �80,000 clean-up bill for Leicester Square alone.
Open-air lavatories - the first installed in Britain for over a century - are also in regular use at four West End sites - Cambridge Circus, Soho Square, Adelaide Street and Villiers Street - from 8pm until 6am on weekends.
In addition, the council have launched a pioneering Sat Lav system which allows people to text 'toilet' to 80097 to find their nearest loo.