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Litterers in Hart taken to court over unpaid fines

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Litterers in Hart taken to court over unpaid fines

Published at 5:23pm 7th February 2018.

More than £7000 in court fines have been issued to offenders littering in Hart.

19 people were taken to Basingstoke Magistrates for not paying fines - 18 of those were found guilty.

They have been ordered to pay fines of £155, £220 court fees and £30 victims surcharge each, totalling £7290.

The enforcement programme 'Stop It Don't Drop It' came into force last June.

Environmental Officers will issue tickets of £75 on the spot to anyone caught littering, including cigarette butts and chewing gum - and £50 if you're caught not clearing up after your dog.

The scheme aims to help make Hart a better place to live by encouraging people to think twice before dropping litter.

Councillor James Radley, Cabinet Member for Services at Hart District Council, said more than 500 fines have been issued since the scheme began: "Fining people and taking them to court is the last resort.

"We need to remain vigilant to make sure our streets stay clean.

"We hope to see fewer fines issued as the cleanliness of our streets improves and people realise that we will not tolerate littering across our district."

The programme is running on a trial basis until the end of June. Results will be analysed before the council decide to extend the enforcement action any further.

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