1 February 2017

Five people appeared in court yesterday after being caught dropping litter on the streets of Sheffield.

Each of the people prosecuted by Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service was offered the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty but declined to do so – and so were prosecuted for the offence.

During the last 12 months, environmental enforcement officers have issued 826 notices to litter louts across the city. Most of these people admitted the offence and paid the fixed penalty.

However, 206 people did not pay the fixed penalty – which has recently been increased from £75 to £80 – and were subsequently prosecuted.

Those convicted yesterday (31 January 2017) were Shannon Beer, 19, of Standish Road, Sheffield; Joe Saunders, 19, of Petrel Way, Leeds; Maher Ahmed, 34, of Callow Mount, Sheffield; Mervin Hancock, 50, of Murdock Road, Sheffield and Belaid Manosr, 26, of Gower Street, Sheffield.

Each person was fined £220, and ordered to pay £168.79 in costs to the council as well as a £30 criminal surcharge.  In all, the fines, costs and surcharges total £2,093.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said “We are very pleased that the courts continue to support our council’s efforts to keep Sheffield clean.

“We are determined to take strong action against those who drop litter on our city’s streets.

“Everyone should do their bit to improve our environment and we will not tolerate those who spoil it.”