8 January 2016

A total of 23 people were brought before the courts by Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service yesterday (Thursday 7 January) after being caught littering in the city.

Each person was offered the opportunity to pay a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice but declined to do so – and instead were brought before Sheffield Magistrates Court and prosecuted.

All of the offenders were fined £220, as well as being told to pay the council’s costs of nearly £120 and a victim surcharge of £22 – making a total penalty of more than £350 for dropping litter.

Environmental enforcement officers in Sheffield have issued more than 1,200 Fixed Penalty Notices to litter louts across the city in the last year.

Most of these offenders admitted littering and paid the fixed penalty of £75. However, those that did not pay the fixed penalty are being prosecuted. The council has prosecuted more than 120 offenders in the last 12 months.

Those brought before the magistrates court on Thursday 7 January were Miss Shakira Bate (29), of Cemetery Road, Sheffield; Mr John Barnan (63), of Monteney Crescent, Sheffield; Miss Sarah Smith (21), of Northumbria Close, Worksop; Miss Zara Sooki (22), of Dyke Vale Close, Sheffield; Miss Sarah Silverwood (27), of Vikinglea Drive, Sheffield; Miss Lisa Bertram (33), of Gaunt Road, Sheffield; Mr Yehya Shikh (19), of Carradale House, St Leonards Road, London; Miss Lisa Sears (29), of Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge, Sheffield; Miss Annabel Hill (21), of Piper Close, Sheffield; Miss Lauren Walker (28), of Callow Mount, Sheffield; Mrs Carol Heugh (Date of birth refused) of Stoneley Crescent, Sheffield; Miss Aimee James (23), of Longstone Crescent, Sheffield; Miss Victoria Alice Louise Cutts (27), of Aisthorpe Road, Sheffield; Miss Katie Stapleton (29), of Aisthorpe Road, Sheffield; Mr Chen Xiao (21), of Shoreham Street, Sheffield; Miss Joanne Richardson (42), of Cedar Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire; Mr Hao Zhan (24), of North Bank, Sheffield; Miss Rebecca Rivers (31), of Eldon Court, Sheffield; Mr Kueitang Chang (30), of The Forge, Boston Street, Sheffield; Mr Jacob White (24), of Broadgate House, Broad Street, Bradford; Mr Daniel Menghisteab (47), of Christ Church Road, Sheffield; Miss Jamie Casey (25), of Handsworth Grange Crescent, Sheffield and Miss Tracey Christian (47), of Winn Close, Sheffield.

In all, the fines, costs and surcharges issued to the 23 offenders total £8,298.

A spokesman for Sheffield City Council said: “We are delighted that the courts continue to back the council’s strong approach to littering.

“These cases once again demonstrate that we will not tolerate littering and will take tough action against those who spoil our city.”

National legislation makes dropping litter a criminal offence. The council combats litter by providing litter bins across the city, cleaning up the streets through our partnership with Amey, and using Environmental Enforcement Officers to detect littering offences.

Enforcement officers will issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to anyone they see dropping litter. If the fixed penalty of £75 – with a discount for prompt payment – is paid, no further action is taken.

If it is not paid, the matter is referred to the courts, where the maximum fine for dropping litter is £1,000 per offence.