Teenager fined £50 for dropping cigarette butt outside Bolton College
A TEENAGER was fined for dropping a cigarette butt on a road outside Bolton College.
Donna Marie Chadwick, aged 18, of Cyril Street, Bolton, had denied the littering offence in a letter to Bolton magistrates, but the case was found proven when she failed to attend court.
In court, Andrew Morrison, prosecuting for Bolton Council, said the offence carried a maximum £2,500 fine.
He said: “Miss Chadwick’s mum sent a letter in July, saying Miss Chadwick was with friends and someone else had dropped the cigarette butt, which she stepped on.
“Miss Chadwick does not smoke and was very upset when she received a letter about the offence.
“However, she was prepared to plead guilty, the letter stated.”
The court had previously expressed its unease with the letter, suggesting Miss Chadwick felt pressurised to admit an offence which she denied.
But she had failed to attend the second hearing and the case proceeded without her.
Clive Haslam, a council environmental enforcement officer, said: “I saw the defendant flick a cigarette butt into Deane Road.
“She was by herself. She then turned to head towards the college when I stopped her, showed her my warrant and made her aware of the offence.
“I issued a fixed penalty notice and later processed her details at my office, which creates a letter to the defendant’s home. She had understood what I said to her but has made no payment or appeal since.”
Magistrates fined Chadwick £50 and she was ordere to pay £75 costs and a £25 surcharge.
Bolton Council has vowed to crack down on littering and has issued more than 70 fixed penalty notices in the past nine months.
But bosses also rescinded a fine handed out to a woman who dripped a bit of her pasty and allowed a pigeon to eat it.
The woman had been givenan on-the-spot fine, even though she had been putting food wrappers into a litter bin in Newport Street.
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