Litter louts to pay over £1,300 as crackdown continues

Two litter louts have been ordered to pay a total of more than £1,300.

Clues found in discarded rubbish revealed the identity of the offenders who accepted fixed penalty notices as punishment for their crimes.

The litter bugs failed to pay their £80 fines despite being sent a reminder letter and were taken to court by the city council.

The prosecutions are part of the city council’s continuing campaign to urge residents, visitors and businesses to take responsibility and not drop litter.

Anthony O’Kere, aged 54 of Hobart Street, Gorton was fined £440 with costs of £108.23, a victim of crime surcharge of £44 and a criminal court charge of £150.

In April 2015 a council officer operating in Gorton noticed a number of litter filled black bin bags dumped in an alleyway.

A search of the rubbish found evidence to suggest O’Kere was the culprit.

Council officers interviewed O’Kere who admitted to the offence of littering.

O’Kere accepted a fixed penalty notice for the offence, but the City Council took him to court after he didn’t pay the fine. O’Kere failed to turn up to the hearing and the case was proved in his absence.

Annette Jervis, aged 35 of Farnborough Road, Miles Platting was fined £440 with costs of £118.29 and a £44 victim of crime surcharge.

In April 2015 a council officer noticed a number of bin bags and furniture dumped in Balleratt Street in Levenshulme.

Evidence found in the bin bags led council officers to interview Jervis who admitted the refuse belonged to her and accepted a fixed penalty notice for the offence.

Jervis was taken to court by the council when she did not pay the fine despite a reminder letter being sent.

At the Magistrates’ hearing on 26 November, Jervis failed to attend and the case was proved in her absence.

Cllr Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council's executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “We continue to ask the public and local businesses to work with us and take responsibility to make sure they put their litter in the bin.

“We are extremely serious in tackling the issue of littering in Manchester and anyone caught can expect a costly on the spot fine. Those refusing to pay the fine should expect a summons to court to explain themselves.

“There is no excuse for dropping litter in our streets and the size of the fine shows the court recognises the seriousness of the offence. They agree with the vast majority of decent people who don’t want to see our city’s streets being used as a rubbish dump." 

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