Dropping Can Costs Mansfield Man £600
Failing to pay a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice for dropping litter has cost a Mansfield man more than £600 after Mansfield District Council took him to court.
South Derbyshire Magistrates' Court fined Matis Rubis, aged 25, of Lord Street, £220 and ordered him to pay costs of £353.87 and victim surcharge of £30 – a total £603.87 – for one offence of littering contrary to section 87(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The case was proved in his absence.
The court was told that Rubis was spotted by a council neighbourhood warden dropping a can on a path next to the River Maun near James Murray Mews in the town centre on 9 January 2017 and issued with an FPN (fixed penalty notice) for £75.
The FPN was never paid so the council took further action and issued a court summons against Rubis.
Cllr Bill Drewett, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities, said after the case: "This case makes two things very clear. If you drop litter in this district, you could be facing a fixed penalty notice. If you ignore that £75 FPN, we will take you to court and that could be much more expensive to you, both in terms of a fine and costs but also because you could acquire a criminal record, too.
"The simple answer is, don't drop litter. There are plenty of bins provided and if there isn't one around, take your litter home."
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