A MOTORIST has learned the hard way that there’s no smoke without fire for litterbugs in Cannock Chase.
Paul Smith, 33, of Wimbourne Road, Wolverhampton, has been ordered to fork out more than £700 after being caught throwing two cigarette ends from his car in Church Street, Cannock, by a Cannock Chase Council enforcement officer.
He was issued with a fixed penalty notice for littering, but after he failed to pay up legal proceedings were launched and he was convicted and fined.
Stafford magistrates have ordered Smith to pay £200 for each cigarette end, along with costs of £310 and a £20 victim surcharge.
Rugeley councillor Carl Bennett, Cannock Chase Council’s Environment Portfolio Leader, said: “Cigarette ends are litter. Cigarette ends, packaging and lighters – along with fast food packaging – make up the highest proportion of litter cleaned up by the council’s Street Cleansing team.
“Anyone caught not disposing of cigarette ends correctly can expect to receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75, and the council will bring cases before the court if they are not paid.”
More than 70 fixed penalty notices have been issued by Cannock Chase Council in the past year for littering and enforcement officers regularly carry out patrols across the district.
Littering incidents can be reported to the council by calling 01543 462621 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.