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No let-off for litter as 13 listed at Craigavon Court for ignoring fixed penalties

'Let these most recent prosecutions be a stark warning to potential offenders that we will continue to gather evidence and fine offenders. If they fail or refuse to pay, we will take them to court'

Thirteen people caught littering within the borough were summonsed to appear in court this week after failing to pay fixed penalties.

The unlucky 13 did not cough up the £80 after being slapped with their penalties and instead had their cases listed at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court this week.

Three defendants pleaded guilty and received conditional discharges and costs of £72, while three others, who failed to appear at court, were each fined £50 plus £87 costs.

Two cases were withdrawn after the offenders agreed to pay a fine plus court costs.

Five cases have been adjourned until next month.

An Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council spokesperson said: “We remain resolute in pursuit of clamping down on environmental crime and taking a robust approach to enforcing littering and dog fouling.

“Let these most recent prosecutions be a stark warning to potential offenders that we will continue to gather evidence and fine offenders. If they fail or refuse to pay, we will take them to court where they will be handed bigger fines and a criminal prosecution, as some of these offenders have found out.”

During the month of January, Council Environmental Wardens and WISE Environmental Enforcement Officers issued a further 307 £80 Fixed Penalty Notices for litter and dog fouling offences.

WISE have handed out 4,230 fines since May 2021.

Further cases relating to littering will be brought before the courts in the coming months.

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