Double Trouble for Litter Bug
17 February 2009
A council's success in prosecuting a man caught littering a park twice in a week has received backing from Keep Britain Tidy.
Evidence from two community support officers was used to convict the culprit of the offences committed in Telford Town Park in September 2008.
It is the first time that Telford & Wrekin Council has prosecuted someone for more than one offence while the sum he was ordered to pay - £515 - is the highest in any case brought by the local authority.
Telford Magistrates were told that, in the first incident, an officer witnessed the man throwing a glass bottle which smashed and fell into the boating lake.
The court then heard that, several days later, another officer spotted the same person throwing a pint glass into the lake.
After pleading guilty to two charges of littering, the man was fined £100 for each offence. He was also ordered to pay £300 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.
Councillor Miles Hosken, cabinet member for Environment at Telford & Wrekin Council, praised council employees who clamp down on littering in the borough.
"This is the first time we have been able to target a persistent offender who clearly has a complete disregard for the local environment," he said.
"This is a shining example of partnership work between the council and police and we will continue to work together in the future to stamp out littering and to take action against those who persist in trying to spoil the borough for the rest of us."
A spokesperson for Keep Britain Tidy said: "This case illustrates that for some people littering is a habitual part of everyday life.
"One of the most powerful deterrents for such litterers is to see the determination of councils and the police to gather evidence and pursue the matter vigorously."