Man caught short in street fined

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Urinating in a Glossop street has cost a local man over £500.

In one of the first cases of this kind in the country, Ben Jones, of High Street East, was found guilty of littering at High Peak Magistrates’ Court and fined £260 with costs of £262.27 and a victim surcharge of £26.

The offence occurred at around 1am on Sunday 18 November 2012 when Jones was asked to leave the Moon and Sixpence public house after the licensee spotted him attempting to urinate in the beer garden. He was then seen openly urinating on Bernard Street.

The police notified High Peak Borough Council of the offence and Jones was issued with a fixed penalty notice for littering which he failed to pay.

Cllr Anthony McKeown, High Peak Borough Council’s executive member for community services, said: “This sort of behaviour is not only unpleasant and unhealthy, it can also cause alarm and distress to anyone witnessing it and costs taxpayers money to clean up.

“We’re amongst the first councils in the country to adopt this approach and it’s attracted widespread interest across Derbyshire.”