Hefty fines for cigarette litter bugs

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dropping cigarette ends proved expensive for two Barnsley smokers caught littering in the town.

Colin Laing, aged 19, of Clifton Close and Lisa Roberts, 37, of Bramcote Avenue – both Athersley North – were caught dropping cigarette ends at Barnsley Interchange and were issued with fixed penalty notices.

Both failed to pay and ended up in court, where they were issued with bigger fines.

Laing pleaded guilty to littering after he was spotted by a council officer and initially agreed to pay a £75 fixed penalty notice in instalments.

But he didn’t make any payments and when he was prosecuted at Barsley Magistrates Court he said he had expected the instalments to have been taken straight out of his Job Seekers’ allowance.

He was fined £100, ordered to pay council costs of £341.76, and a victim surcharge of £15 – totalling £456.76.

Roberts was found guilty of littering in her absence after failing to turn up for her hearing.

The court was told she too asked whether she could pay her fixed penalty notice in instalments.

She too failed to pay and was fined £350, ordered to pay costs of £313.64 and a victim surcharge of £15 – totalling £678.64.