£200 fines for people caught dropping cigarette ends

The Bolton News: Generic picture of cigarette ends Generic picture of cigarette ends

LARGE fines have been issued to people caught dropping cigarette ends in Bolton.

Ronald Marron, aged 54, Marie Louise Jane Watt, aged 35, and Mohammed Sattar, aged 19, were all dealt with by Bolton Magistrates Court after being seen littering by a Bolton Council officer.

Marron, of The Crescent, Westhoughton, was seen dropping a cigarette butt in Meal House Lane, Bolton town centre, on October 24 last year.

Watt, of Nandywell, Little Lever, threw the cigarette end in Hotel Street, Bolton on October 11 last year.

Teenager Sattar, of Bolton Road, Salford, dropped the cigarette on November 19 last year in Deane Road, Deane.

All three defendants were found guilty in their absence at Bolton Magistrates Court. They were prosecuted after failing to pay fixed penalty notices.

Mrs Rosalyn Clark, chairman of the bench, sentencing, ordered all three of the people caught littering to pay a £200 fine, a £20 victim surcharge and £220 costs.

The prosecution follows five people being brought before Bolton magistrates last month for dropping cigarette ends and one woman for leaving litter outside her home, not in a bin.

Cllr John Byrne, Bolton Council’s cabinet member for community and neighbourhood services, said: “We take the issue of littering in Bolton very seriously and aim to reduce littering through both good quality education and robust enforcement.

“While a cigarette butt may seem small, clearing up litter costs the council more than £2.8 million a year.”

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11:43am Sat 17 May 14

matt128 says...

The council has forced people who smoke out onto the streets outside pubs and clubs, now they are using the anti littering laws to further pursue smokers, now giving them a criminal record when they should be providing them with at least the means to depose of them in a proper manner. Smokers are just yet another easy target for the purse of our inept council.
The council has forced people who smoke out onto the streets outside pubs and clubs, now they are using the anti littering laws to further pursue smokers, now giving them a criminal record when they should be providing them with at least the means to depose of them in a proper manner. Smokers are just yet another easy target for the purse of our inept council. matt128
  • Score: 11

11:46am Sat 17 May 14

boltonnut says...

200 quid for dropping a ciggy butt,But if you fracture your partners skull by beating them up a slap on the wrist is the penalty.Misquote of the week,lover fractures partners skull.Lovers don't fracture skulls,haters fracture skulls.
200 quid for dropping a ciggy butt,But if you fracture your partners skull by beating them up a slap on the wrist is the penalty.Misquote of the week,lover fractures partners skull.Lovers don't fracture skulls,haters fracture skulls. boltonnut
  • Score: 39

12:11pm Sat 17 May 14

thomas222 says...

Want to sort out all the **** all over the back streets of Bolton you Clowns!
Want to sort out all the **** all over the back streets of Bolton you Clowns! thomas222
  • Score: 34

12:58pm Sat 17 May 14

heaton watcher says...

matt128 wrote:
The council has forced people who smoke out onto the streets outside pubs and clubs, now they are using the anti littering laws to further pursue smokers, now giving them a criminal record when they should be providing them with at least the means to depose of them in a proper manner. Smokers are just yet another easy target for the purse of our inept council.
There are plenty of litter bins all over the town - USE THEM and not just for cigarette ends. People moan about the Council not clearing litter off our streets but who puts it there in the first place - YOU do!
[quote][p][bold]matt128[/bold] wrote: The council has forced people who smoke out onto the streets outside pubs and clubs, now they are using the anti littering laws to further pursue smokers, now giving them a criminal record when they should be providing them with at least the means to depose of them in a proper manner. Smokers are just yet another easy target for the purse of our inept council.[/p][/quote]There are plenty of litter bins all over the town - USE THEM and not just for cigarette ends. People moan about the Council not clearing litter off our streets but who puts it there in the first place - YOU do! heaton watcher
  • Score: 8

1:01pm Sat 17 May 14

Delyth says...

Get up to Bolton Hospital then and fine the workers who drop cigarette ends at the junction of the walk/cycle way and Minerva road, and while you're at it get a speed gun and record people speeding through the grounds and get the spy car at the junction of Minerva road and Greenland road from 7am to catch them all stopping on the double yellows to pop to the shop for their fags on their way to work.
Get up to Bolton Hospital then and fine the workers who drop cigarette ends at the junction of the walk/cycle way and Minerva road, and while you're at it get a speed gun and record people speeding through the grounds and get the spy car at the junction of Minerva road and Greenland road from 7am to catch them all stopping on the double yellows to pop to the shop for their fags on their way to work. Delyth
  • Score: 8

6:39pm Sat 17 May 14

Blackrod says...

It's not just litter it's hygiene. Little baby learning to walk picked one up in town centre, good job the dad stopped them putting it to mouth. Same goes for chewing gum. Don't want either on my shoe. Put it in a bin, provided for by council, or take home and bin it, disposal provided for by council.
It's not just litter it's hygiene. Little baby learning to walk picked one up in town centre, good job the dad stopped them putting it to mouth. Same goes for chewing gum. Don't want either on my shoe. Put it in a bin, provided for by council, or take home and bin it, disposal provided for by council. Blackrod
  • Score: 9

6:48pm Sat 17 May 14

Jacob C says...

Blackrod wrote:
It's not just litter it's hygiene. Little baby learning to walk picked one up in town centre, good job the dad stopped them putting it to mouth. Same goes for chewing gum. Don't want either on my shoe. Put it in a bin, provided for by council, or take home and bin it, disposal provided for by council.
council ARE paid money to dispose of litter , you make it sound like the council are doing this out of the goodness of their little black hearts
little babies should be constantly monitored have you even got any because you sound like you haven't got a clue ?
smokers and drivers pay plenty of tax and are easy targets, this is a money making exercise nothing more nothing less
[quote][p][bold]Blackrod[/bold] wrote: It's not just litter it's hygiene. Little baby learning to walk picked one up in town centre, good job the dad stopped them putting it to mouth. Same goes for chewing gum. Don't want either on my shoe. Put it in a bin, provided for by council, or take home and bin it, disposal provided for by council.[/p][/quote]council ARE paid money to dispose of litter , you make it sound like the council are doing this out of the goodness of their little black hearts little babies should be constantly monitored have you even got any because you sound like you haven't got a clue ? smokers and drivers pay plenty of tax and are easy targets, this is a money making exercise nothing more nothing less Jacob C
  • Score: 7

6:51pm Sat 17 May 14

taff ray davies says...

well the council littering officers want to spend a bit longer in town centre especially where all the eu foreigners congregate around the seating areas near the bookies on Newport street they are for ever throwing away their cig end's ,coke cola can's bottles, on the odd occasion half eaten pie or pastie have noticed this on a few of my visits into town on Tues and Thurs
well the council littering officers want to spend a bit longer in town centre especially where all the eu foreigners congregate around the seating areas near the bookies on Newport street they are for ever throwing away their cig end's ,coke cola can's bottles, on the odd occasion half eaten pie or pastie have noticed this on a few of my visits into town on Tues and Thurs taff ray davies
  • Score: 15

12:53am Sun 18 May 14

waka flocks flame says...

Jacob C wrote:
Blackrod wrote:
It's not just litter it's hygiene. Little baby learning to walk picked one up in town centre, good job the dad stopped them putting it to mouth. Same goes for chewing gum. Don't want either on my shoe. Put it in a bin, provided for by council, or take home and bin it, disposal provided for by council.
council ARE paid money to dispose of litter , you make it sound like the council are doing this out of the goodness of their little black hearts
little babies should be constantly monitored have you even got any because you sound like you haven't got a clue ?
smokers and drivers pay plenty of tax and are easy targets, this is a money making exercise nothing more nothing less
Yes the council are paid to dispose of litter but think about what that money could be used for if scrotes didn't throw litter on the floor. Just because someone pays tax doesn't give them the right to do whatever they want.
[quote][p][bold]Jacob C[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackrod[/bold] wrote: It's not just litter it's hygiene. Little baby learning to walk picked one up in town centre, good job the dad stopped them putting it to mouth. Same goes for chewing gum. Don't want either on my shoe. Put it in a bin, provided for by council, or take home and bin it, disposal provided for by council.[/p][/quote]council ARE paid money to dispose of litter , you make it sound like the council are doing this out of the goodness of their little black hearts little babies should be constantly monitored have you even got any because you sound like you haven't got a clue ? smokers and drivers pay plenty of tax and are easy targets, this is a money making exercise nothing more nothing less[/p][/quote]Yes the council are paid to dispose of litter but think about what that money could be used for if scrotes didn't throw litter on the floor. Just because someone pays tax doesn't give them the right to do whatever they want. waka flocks flame
  • Score: 0

8:25am Sun 18 May 14

Jacob C says...

waka flocks flame wrote:
Jacob C wrote:
Blackrod wrote:
It's not just litter it's hygiene. Little baby learning to walk picked one up in town centre, good job the dad stopped them putting it to mouth. Same goes for chewing gum. Don't want either on my shoe. Put it in a bin, provided for by council, or take home and bin it, disposal provided for by council.
council ARE paid money to dispose of litter , you make it sound like the council are doing this out of the goodness of their little black hearts
little babies should be constantly monitored have you even got any because you sound like you haven't got a clue ?
smokers and drivers pay plenty of tax and are easy targets, this is a money making exercise nothing more nothing less
Yes the council are paid to dispose of litter but think about what that money could be used for if scrotes didn't throw litter on the floor. Just because someone pays tax doesn't give them the right to do whatever they want.
some litter is inevitable. I hate to see litter as much as anybody else broken bottles/ dog mess annoy me the most as they are dangerous
do you honestly think the money paid in fines for littering will be put to good use
in Spain the streets are cleaned daily , the bins are emptied daily , some days the bins are emptied twice a day and their equivalent to council tax is a small fraction of what we pay
is it too much to ask the council to do the job they are paid well to do
The council are now arranging for people to work for their jobseekers cleaning graffiti and gardening
[quote][p][bold]waka flocks flame[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jacob C[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackrod[/bold] wrote: It's not just litter it's hygiene. Little baby learning to walk picked one up in town centre, good job the dad stopped them putting it to mouth. Same goes for chewing gum. Don't want either on my shoe. Put it in a bin, provided for by council, or take home and bin it, disposal provided for by council.[/p][/quote]council ARE paid money to dispose of litter , you make it sound like the council are doing this out of the goodness of their little black hearts little babies should be constantly monitored have you even got any because you sound like you haven't got a clue ? smokers and drivers pay plenty of tax and are easy targets, this is a money making exercise nothing more nothing less[/p][/quote]Yes the council are paid to dispose of litter but think about what that money could be used for if scrotes didn't throw litter on the floor. Just because someone pays tax doesn't give them the right to do whatever they want.[/p][/quote]some litter is inevitable. I hate to see litter as much as anybody else broken bottles/ dog mess annoy me the most as they are dangerous do you honestly think the money paid in fines for littering will be put to good use in Spain the streets are cleaned daily , the bins are emptied daily , some days the bins are emptied twice a day and their equivalent to council tax is a small fraction of what we pay is it too much to ask the council to do the job they are paid well to do The council are now arranging for people to work for their jobseekers cleaning graffiti and gardening Jacob C
  • Score: 4

11:23am Sun 18 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Can we the people fine the council for all the litter that is blown out of Raikes Lane into the 'beauty spot' and onto the A666 verges and the Manchester Road area?
Can we the people fine the council for all the litter that is blown out of Raikes Lane into the 'beauty spot' and onto the A666 verges and the Manchester Road area? Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 6

5:43pm Sun 18 May 14

lammypie says...

The council ARE PAID to collect litter by COUNCIL TAX PAYERS & partly by Central Government. If the litter wasn't there the money could be used for other things such as libraries, schools, help for disadvantaged etc etc. I once met someone who considered she was keeping people in a job by tossing litter out of a car window!!!
The council ARE PAID to collect litter by COUNCIL TAX PAYERS & partly by Central Government. If the litter wasn't there the money could be used for other things such as libraries, schools, help for disadvantaged etc etc. I once met someone who considered she was keeping people in a job by tossing litter out of a car window!!! lammypie
  • Score: 0

10:37am Mon 19 May 14

matt128 says...

heaton watcher wrote:
matt128 wrote:
The council has forced people who smoke out onto the streets outside pubs and clubs, now they are using the anti littering laws to further pursue smokers, now giving them a criminal record when they should be providing them with at least the means to depose of them in a proper manner. Smokers are just yet another easy target for the purse of our inept council.
There are plenty of litter bins all over the town - USE THEM and not just for cigarette ends. People moan about the Council not clearing litter off our streets but who puts it there in the first place - YOU do!
How irresponsible would it be to put your cigs into the so called bins that are all over the town "Don't you know that rubbish burns" O.M.G. I should not have mentioned this, now the council have another excuse to fine smokers .... For setting fire to wast bins. .... shhhh don't tell the council Ha Ha
[quote][p][bold]heaton watcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]matt128[/bold] wrote: The council has forced people who smoke out onto the streets outside pubs and clubs, now they are using the anti littering laws to further pursue smokers, now giving them a criminal record when they should be providing them with at least the means to depose of them in a proper manner. Smokers are just yet another easy target for the purse of our inept council.[/p][/quote]There are plenty of litter bins all over the town - USE THEM and not just for cigarette ends. People moan about the Council not clearing litter off our streets but who puts it there in the first place - YOU do![/p][/quote]How irresponsible would it be to put your cigs into the so called bins that are all over the town "Don't you know that rubbish burns" O.M.G. I should not have mentioned this, now the council have another excuse to fine smokers .... For setting fire to wast bins. .... shhhh don't tell the council Ha Ha matt128
  • Score: 2

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