Litterbugs in court after being caught dropping rubbish
Litter louts who have been caught irresponsibly disposing of rubbish in Sefton have been convicted in court this week, leading to fines totaling more than £1,000
Three people, all from the Southport area of Sefton failed to appear at South Sefton Magistrates court this week (Tuesday, January 16) after they were spotted by enforcement officers littering in the borough.
Phillip Coates, 57, of Scarisbrick New Road, Southport was found guilty in absence and fined £350.
Stephen Knight, 33, of Central Avenue, Birkdale was found guilty in absence and fined £350.
Malcolm Webb, 34, of Part Street, Southport was found guilty in absence and fined £350.
A spokesman for Sefton Council said:
“It’s simple. If you drop litter and our enforcement officers catch you, you will be fined £75.
“If you fail to pay and your case goes to court, then the fine can be considerably higher.
“It’s a criminal offence to litter and we will not hesitate to fine those who deliberately make our beautiful borough untidy.
“People need to think twice before just throwing their waste away and court cases like these highlight what can happen if you are caught. Either take it home or use a bin.”
For more information about litter, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling/litter-and-fly-tipping.