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Stafford town centre litter-lout fined £155 for dropping cigarette end

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

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A man has been ordered to pay £155 after discarding a cigarette butt in Stafford town centre. 

James O’Donoghue, aged 22, pleaded guilty to a charge of littering when the case was heard by magistrates on Wednesday June 25. 

 He was given a fixed penalty notice when he was caught throwing away the cigarette butt by a Stafford Borough Council enforcement officer in the town’s Gaolgate Street. 

Gary Finn, prosecuting for the Borough Council, said O’Donoghue had not paid the £75 penalty and that was why the case had come to court. 

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O’Donoghue, of Smethwick in the West Midlands, was given a £35 fine, ordered to pay £100 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge. 

 The court was told O’Donoghue, who was on benefits, had pleaded guilty to the charge by post. 

Magistrates heard he had not had enough money to pay the littering fixed penalty notice. The offence happened in February.

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