20 March 2012
A Caerphilly county borough man has been taken to court and fined for a littering offence.
Adrian Pitt, of Maes-yr-Onen in Nelson was taken to court following non payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice after he was caught throwing a plastic drinks container out of the window of his parked car into a nearby hedge at Wern Crescent in Nelson.
The case was heard at Caerphilly Magistrates Court on Tuesday 13th March 2012. Pitt failed to attend court; therefore the case was proven in his absence.
Pitt was found guilty of the offence under the Environmental Protection Act – he was fined £100, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Rob Hartshorn, Head of Public Protection at Caerphilly County Borough Council said, "Where non-payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice occurs, we pursue the matter through court without exception. I hope that prosecutions such as this show the small minority that failing to take their environmental responsibilities seriously could cost them dearly".
He continued, "Mr Pitt should be deeply ashamed of the blatant disregard he has shown for the quality of life in his village, and he has now found himself having to pay a total of £200 for something which could so easily have been avoided".
Caerphilly StreetPride is a council initiative that brings together the services that keep Caerphilly county borough clean, green and safe. Its aim is to work with residents to keep street and neighbourhoods at a standard that promotes pride and community responsibility.
To report dog fouling or other environmental concerns in Caerphilly county borough, please call Caerphilly StreetPride on 01443 866 566 or visit www.caerphilly.gov.uk/streetpride
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