Fines totalling £1,000 issued for dropping cigarette butts on High Peak streets

Six people have been fined for dropping cigarette ends on High Peak streets.
Six people have been fined for dropping cigarette ends on High Peak streets.

Six people have been fined a total of nearly £1,000 after dropping cigarette ends on High Peak streets.

The littering cases were taken before magistrates in Derby by High Peak Borough Council after the fixed penalty notices - which had been issued by an enforcement officer - went unpaid.

Coun Julie McCabe, the authority’s executive councillor for communities, said: “These six cases are the latest to be taken to court because the individuals concerned haven’t paid the fixed penalty fine issued to them at the time of the offence, despite being sent reminders in the weeks following the notice being issued.”

Dean Nix, 49, of Campbell Drive, Carlton, was seen dropping a cigarette end in Spring Gardens, Buxton, on March 19. He pleaded guilty and was fined £146 and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a £30 victim surcharge.

Courtney Murphy, 20, of Station Road, Dove Holes, was fined £83 after admitting littering on High Street in Buxton on April 11. She was also ordered to pay £150 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Sky Towers, of Bamford Green, Glossop, was seen dropping a cigarette end on Henry Street in Glossop on March 16. She received a £220 fine with costs of £150 and a £30 victim surcharge.

Dropping a cigarette on Spring Gardens in Buxton on April 5 cost Ernest Craig, of Fairfield Road, Buxton, a fine of £220 with costs of £150 and a £30 victim surcharge.

Kathleen Davies, of Queens Drive, Glossop, was fined £220 and ordered to pay £150 costs and a £30 victim surcharge after she was seen dropping litter at the Municipal Buildings car park in Glossop on March 21.

And Gary Fagan, of Alma Square, Buxton, also received a £220 fine, £150 costs and a £30 victim surcharge for dropping a cigarette butt in Spring Gardens on May 24.

Coun McCabe added: “We all want to be able to live and work in clean and cared for towns and villages and the thoughtless actions of the minority have an impact on the whole community.”