Fine dodgers prosecuted

Eight litter louts who thought they could get away with ignoring their littering fine, have had the amount they must pay increased by almost 80 per cent.

Published: Friday, 13th January 2017

Eight litter louts who thought they could get away with ignoring their littering fine, have had the amount they must pay increased by almost 80 per cent, after Hounslow Council took them to court.

Initial £80 fines which could have been settled for £65 if paid within ten days of the notice given, were increased to £220 by order of magistrates at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on 19 December 2016.

Each person who ignored their fine also has to pay court costs of £250 and a victim surcharge of £30 bringing the total fine to £500 each.

Six prosecutions were withdrawn after those people cleared their fine before the court date.

The following people were ordered to pay a total £500 in their absence and collection orders were issued to:

  • Brendan Patrick Courtney, Lampton Road, London, TW3 4DL
  • Chloe Dawson, Alliance Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW4 5AT
  • Thomas Matthew Donlon, 40 Calder Road, Leicester, Leicester, LE4 0RG
  • Hristo Koemdzhiev,Campion Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 5HS
  • Goman Krisztian, Raccoon Way, Hounslow, London, TW4 7PJ
  • Samantha Phuprate, Stonewell Road, Ashford, London, TW19 7FF
  • Beata Magdalena Szalla, 53 Spring Grove Crescent, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 4DA
  • Sebastian Marcin Zarebski, Orchard Avenue, Hounslow, London, TW5 0DU

The following people pleaded guilty by post:

  • Lisa Marney, Convent Way, Southall. Fined £80, costs of £100 and victim surcharge of £30. A Collection Order was made.
  • Chantal Scarrott, North Street, Isleworth. Fined £80, costs of £100 and victim surcharge of £30. A collection order was made.

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “If you receive your fine, pay it, simple as that. There is no place in our borough for people who think dropping litter is ok - it is not.

“If you think ignoring your fine will mean we forget about it, then think again as we won’t. If you don’t want to pay a fine, then don’t drop your litter! We want to stamp out those who are blighting our communities and making resident’s lives a misery by being litter nuisances.

“Last year, more than £4m was spent keeping our streets clean. This could have been better spent protecting other services.

“Our aim is to be a cleaner, greener borough and we can all play a part in reaching that target. We will certainly be taking the strongest action whenever necessary to ensure this happens.”

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