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Woman found guilty of littering in Aldershot

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Woman found guilty of littering in Aldershot

Published by Carol Musgrave at 12:58pm 30th September 2019. (Updated at 1:46pm 30th September 2019)

A woman from Aldershot has been ordered to cough up £360 after refusing to pay a fine for littering.

She was spotted littering in Queens Avenue on December 20 last year, at around 11:30am, but despite being warned by an environmental enforcement officer, refused to pay an on-the-spot fine (Fixed Penalty Notice or FPN).

She walked off, and was later issued an FPN by post.

The 50 year old then pleaded not guilty to a charge of dropping litter contrary to Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

She was found guilty in her absence after failing to appear at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on September 20. 

The court fined her £180 and ordered her to pay a contribution of £150 towards Rushmoor Borough Council's costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Since February 2018 Rushmoor Borough Council has been running a zero-tolerance campaign and since then has issued Fixed Penalty Notices of £75 to anyone seen dropping litter by environmental enforcement officers. 

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said:

"Dropping litter in our streets is completely unacceptable and we are determined to clamp down on behaviour like this. 

"We have to continue tackling this because we all end up footing the bill, both financially and environmentally, for this kind of behaviour."
 

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