Teenager facing court for dropping cigarette end

The Bolton News: Teenager facing court for dropping cigarette end Teenager facing court for dropping cigarette end

A TEENAGER has been charged with dropping a cigarette butt in Bolton town centre.

The 17-year-old is alleged to have dropped a cigarette end and left it in Victoria Square South on August 6 last year.

Bolton Council is prosecuting the teenager.

He was due to appear at Bolton Magistrates Court yesterday but his case was adjourned until February 19 when he will appear at Bolton Youth Court.

More than 1,000 fixed penalties have been issued since September last year for dropping cigarette ends, which accounts for 90 per cent of environmental crime.

Last year a woman was given an on-the-spot fine after a bit of her pastie dropped on to the floor and she allowed a pigeon to eat it.

She was given the fine despite putting food wrappers into a bin in Newport Street at the time. The penalty was later withdrawn.

And an 18-year-old woman from Bolton, was fined £50 and ordered to pay £75 costs and a £25 surcharge after being spotted stamping out a cigarette in Deane Road, outside Bolton College.

The hearing was held at Bolton Magistrates Court last year.

A Bolton Council spokesperson said: “Littering is a serious problem across Bolton and we will always crack down on people dropping litter wherever possible.

“While a cigarette butt may seem small, clearing up litter costs the council more than £2 million a year.

“We remain committed to enforcing littering around the town, and anyone spotted dropping cigarette butts, or any other kind of litter, will be challenged, investigated, and potentially face a fine.”

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1:06pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Sexybum123 says...

Well this has just confirmed that the country as gone completely mad I have never heard such complete and utter madness in all my life.They want to be doing the footpaths and roads that are a total disgrace and a eyesore to this town We have not got enghouh to put up with already with the traffic wardens now these low life's looking to make easy money for the town hall.They want to go and look at the back of these takeaways they will find plenty **** there to keep them busy.its sure right the lunatics have taken over the asylum and god help us all.What next every day sum crack pot scheme comes out to batter us with
Well this has just confirmed that the country as gone completely mad I have never heard such complete and utter madness in all my life.They want to be doing the footpaths and roads that are a total disgrace and a eyesore to this town We have not got enghouh to put up with already with the traffic wardens now these low life's looking to make easy money for the town hall.They want to go and look at the back of these takeaways they will find plenty **** there to keep them busy.its sure right the lunatics have taken over the asylum and god help us all.What next every day sum crack pot scheme comes out to batter us with Sexybum123

1:26pm Wed 5 Feb 14

dobbleman says...

Take a walk from the town up Derby st /Sthelens road today and you will be disgysted with the debris and filth on the footpath and in the gutter.
There is a chap walking up and down with a bag and a utensil for litterpicking but i don`t think hes quite mastered the job yet because he seems to bypass most of the litter , picking up the odd piece here and there spending most of the time mithering people to death.
On the subject of fining people for dropping litter , the enforcement officers patrolling the town centre seem to pick on the easy targets like teenagers and women from what i have witnessed.
Take a walk from the town up Derby st /Sthelens road today and you will be disgysted with the debris and filth on the footpath and in the gutter. There is a chap walking up and down with a bag and a utensil for litterpicking but i don`t think hes quite mastered the job yet because he seems to bypass most of the litter , picking up the odd piece here and there spending most of the time mithering people to death. On the subject of fining people for dropping litter , the enforcement officers patrolling the town centre seem to pick on the easy targets like teenagers and women from what i have witnessed. dobbleman

2:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

just drop your rubbish in one of the many potholes littering the town and it will never been seen again.Job done.
just drop your rubbish in one of the many potholes littering the town and it will never been seen again.Job done. boltonnut

2:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Undetectableman says...

One wonders what the 2 million cost of litter removal to the council includes... probably fly tipping as well which is a costly process again brought about by the complexities of disposing of certain materials in an "environmentally friendly" manner. When it was possible just to turn up at Raikes Lane Tip and throw rubbish "over the wall" then there was not half the rubbish dumped at the roadsides as there is now.

Oh and whilst on the subject I am ashamed to live in Bolton and have anybody come to the town when you see the disgusting state of its main approach St Peters Way and all the rubbish scattered along its whole length and the generally scruffy poorly maintained verges perhaps there is a need to replace the speed cameras with "Rubbish Cams" Be better if the enforcement officers were given more meaningful occupations clearing up the mess probably more cost effective too if you take into account the cost of prosecution of individuals through the courts
One wonders what the 2 million cost of litter removal to the council includes... probably fly tipping as well which is a costly process again brought about by the complexities of disposing of certain materials in an "environmentally friendly" manner. When it was possible just to turn up at Raikes Lane Tip and throw rubbish "over the wall" then there was not half the rubbish dumped at the roadsides as there is now. Oh and whilst on the subject I am ashamed to live in Bolton and have anybody come to the town when you see the disgusting state of its main approach St Peters Way and all the rubbish scattered along its whole length and the generally scruffy poorly maintained verges perhaps there is a need to replace the speed cameras with "Rubbish Cams" Be better if the enforcement officers were given more meaningful occupations clearing up the mess probably more cost effective too if you take into account the cost of prosecution of individuals through the courts Undetectableman

2:38pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Next week, on the pot fines issued for,

Walking on the cracks in the pavement
Looking at me in a funny way
Wearing a loud shirt in a built up area
Possession of an offensive wife.
Next week, on the pot fines issued for, Walking on the cracks in the pavement Looking at me in a funny way Wearing a loud shirt in a built up area Possession of an offensive wife. Jim271

2:41pm Wed 5 Feb 14

cliff4treasurer says...

I agree with the "enforcement officers" picking on the wrong people as you never hear of any middle aged males being fined and this can't be a coincidence?
I agree however with the fines for rubbish and cigarette ends.
I agree with the "enforcement officers" picking on the wrong people as you never hear of any middle aged males being fined and this can't be a coincidence? I agree however with the fines for rubbish and cigarette ends. cliff4treasurer

3:12pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Iluminati says...

It's all about attitude and and to be ga responsible citizen. The cigarette end is not really the heart of the matter. Let me give the readers a fantastic example :
I was recently in Singapore and noticed, as soon as walked out of our hotel, the the pavement were absolutely spotless. No cigarette end and no chewing gum has been deposited onto the pavement, whatsoever. The fines are heavy, but the point is that all Singapore citizen have been brought up, and educated from when their were in infant school not to deposit cigarette end and chewing gum on the pavement. And funny enough, whilst their in Singapore, all other nationalities adhere completely to the very same. Singapore is one clean place, and to behold. So, it really comes down to education and parental responsibility. Unfortunately, we haven't got enough of this in our country.
It's all about attitude and and to be ga responsible citizen. The cigarette end is not really the heart of the matter. Let me give the readers a fantastic example : I was recently in Singapore and noticed, as soon as walked out of our hotel, the the pavement were absolutely spotless. No cigarette end and no chewing gum has been deposited onto the pavement, whatsoever. The fines are heavy, but the point is that all Singapore citizen have been brought up, and educated from when their were in infant school not to deposit cigarette end and chewing gum on the pavement. And funny enough, whilst their in Singapore, all other nationalities adhere completely to the very same. Singapore is one clean place, and to behold. So, it really comes down to education and parental responsibility. Unfortunately, we haven't got enough of this in our country. Iluminati

3:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14

gigglebox3 says...

have an e-cig instead, heathier and cheaper - no fines!
have an e-cig instead, heathier and cheaper - no fines! gigglebox3

4:42pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Reed Lover says...

I remember a few years ago a local landlord was seriously assaulted by a youth whilst walking his dog after earlier asking the same person to give proof of age at his pub. The youth was cautioned. Now a litter lout is going to court for assaulting the pavement with his cigarette butt. World gone mad???
I remember a few years ago a local landlord was seriously assaulted by a youth whilst walking his dog after earlier asking the same person to give proof of age at his pub. The youth was cautioned. Now a litter lout is going to court for assaulting the pavement with his cigarette butt. World gone mad??? Reed Lover

5:45pm Wed 5 Feb 14

firksyyyyy says...

Why take them to court and why adjourn it? Cost tax payers more money! it`s a fag end for phux sake.
Why take them to court and why adjourn it? Cost tax payers more money! it`s a fag end for phux sake. firksyyyyy

5:51pm Wed 5 Feb 14

firksyyyyy says...

Iluminati wrote:
It's all about attitude and and to be ga responsible citizen. The cigarette end is not really the heart of the matter. Let me give the readers a fantastic example :
I was recently in Singapore and noticed, as soon as walked out of our hotel, the the pavement were absolutely spotless. No cigarette end and no chewing gum has been deposited onto the pavement, whatsoever. The fines are heavy, but the point is that all Singapore citizen have been brought up, and educated from when their were in infant school not to deposit cigarette end and chewing gum on the pavement. And funny enough, whilst their in Singapore, all other nationalities adhere completely to the very same. Singapore is one clean place, and to behold. So, it really comes down to education and parental responsibility. Unfortunately, we haven't got enough of this in our country.
It`s about money as stated above. The council don`t give a schit about good or bad attitude as long as they can get £80 a fag end dropped on the floor.
[quote][p][bold]Iluminati[/bold] wrote: It's all about attitude and and to be ga responsible citizen. The cigarette end is not really the heart of the matter. Let me give the readers a fantastic example : I was recently in Singapore and noticed, as soon as walked out of our hotel, the the pavement were absolutely spotless. No cigarette end and no chewing gum has been deposited onto the pavement, whatsoever. The fines are heavy, but the point is that all Singapore citizen have been brought up, and educated from when their were in infant school not to deposit cigarette end and chewing gum on the pavement. And funny enough, whilst their in Singapore, all other nationalities adhere completely to the very same. Singapore is one clean place, and to behold. So, it really comes down to education and parental responsibility. Unfortunately, we haven't got enough of this in our country.[/p][/quote]It`s about money as stated above. The council don`t give a schit about good or bad attitude as long as they can get £80 a fag end dropped on the floor. firksyyyyy

8:39pm Wed 5 Feb 14

marco999 says...

They pick on easy targets, people who put a fag out or drop a pasty in the town center or dog owners who don't pick poo up. You never see them in town on a Saturday night when people chuck half eaten kebabs, pizza boxes and chip trays across the floor or near schools at home time when kids chuck cans, bottles, crisp and toffee packets everywhere. You don't see them in the countryside when fly tippers leave mountains of building rubbish in fields and hedgerows. You never see them near ponds and rivers when unscrupulous takeaway owners pour their waste fat and oil into the waterways. You don't see them in remote beauty spots when dodgy tyre fitting firms leave hundreds of scrap tyres in the car park to avoid recycling costs. Yet drop a fag in the town center and you're in court before your feet touch the ground.
They pick on easy targets, people who put a fag out or drop a pasty in the town center or dog owners who don't pick poo up. You never see them in town on a Saturday night when people chuck half eaten kebabs, pizza boxes and chip trays across the floor or near schools at home time when kids chuck cans, bottles, crisp and toffee packets everywhere. You don't see them in the countryside when fly tippers leave mountains of building rubbish in fields and hedgerows. You never see them near ponds and rivers when unscrupulous takeaway owners pour their waste fat and oil into the waterways. You don't see them in remote beauty spots when dodgy tyre fitting firms leave hundreds of scrap tyres in the car park to avoid recycling costs. Yet drop a fag in the town center and you're in court before your feet touch the ground. marco999

8:52pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Isitworthit says...

Spot on marco999 you will never see any form of enforcement when kebabs, pizza boxes etc are strewn about late at night. Sort it out Bolton council pick on everyone not just selected easy targets.
Spot on marco999 you will never see any form of enforcement when kebabs, pizza boxes etc are strewn about late at night. Sort it out Bolton council pick on everyone not just selected easy targets. Isitworthit

8:58pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Mick England says...

It's about time the corporate police that chase revenue through acts and statutes, started giving out PCN's to people that spit out their Wrigley's on the pavement all over Victoria square and in particular outside the one stop shop entrance, just take a look! Cigarette butts are easily washed away but the gum is semi permanent unless the revenue for 1000 PCN's isn't enough to clean it up?
It's about time the corporate police that chase revenue through acts and statutes, started giving out PCN's to people that spit out their Wrigley's on the pavement all over Victoria square and in particular outside the one stop shop entrance, just take a look! Cigarette butts are easily washed away but the gum is semi permanent unless the revenue for 1000 PCN's isn't enough to clean it up? Mick England

9:10pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Mick England says...

ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND STATUTORY LAW IS "ONLY" GIVEN THE FORCE OF LAW THROUGH CONSENT!
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SINCE THE SIGNING OF THE MAGNA CARTA IN 1215, COMMON LAW IS OUR CONSTITUTION AND WE STILL LIVE IN A COMMON LAW JURISDICTION AND THAT CANNOT BE REPEALED, WELL IT CAN BUT OUR QUEEN HASN'T REPEALED IT JUST YET!
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WHILE LITTLE LIARS SAY THEY ARE LOOKING AFTER THEIR PEOPLE, WHAT THEY REALLY DO IS FLEECE EVERY AVAILABLE PENNY FROM YOU BY ISSUING PCN'S. AS IF OUR TAXES WEREN'T HIGH ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM IN THE LIFESTYLE THEY'VE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TOO!
ACTS OF PARLIAMENT AND STATUTORY LAW IS "ONLY" GIVEN THE FORCE OF LAW THROUGH CONSENT! . SINCE THE SIGNING OF THE MAGNA CARTA IN 1215, COMMON LAW IS OUR CONSTITUTION AND WE STILL LIVE IN A COMMON LAW JURISDICTION AND THAT CANNOT BE REPEALED, WELL IT CAN BUT OUR QUEEN HASN'T REPEALED IT JUST YET! . WHILE LITTLE LIARS SAY THEY ARE LOOKING AFTER THEIR PEOPLE, WHAT THEY REALLY DO IS FLEECE EVERY AVAILABLE PENNY FROM YOU BY ISSUING PCN'S. AS IF OUR TAXES WEREN'T HIGH ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM IN THE LIFESTYLE THEY'VE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TOO! Mick England

11:50pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Comment777 says...

Anyone who drops their cigarette ends on the floor should be ashamed of their behaviour. it is a disgusting habit during the course of which they pollute the air other people are breathing, especially around doorways of shops, offices and hospitals, they then drop the residue of their habit on the floor for other people to clear away.

I detest seeing pavements, beaches, park benches and other public places littered with cigarette ends. If smokers think it is acceptable to continue dropping the ends on the floor without punishment may I propose that I and every other member of society is allowed to deposit the residue of drinking in the vicinity of any smoker encountered...
Anyone who drops their cigarette ends on the floor should be ashamed of their behaviour. it is a disgusting habit during the course of which they pollute the air other people are breathing, especially around doorways of shops, offices and hospitals, they then drop the residue of their habit on the floor for other people to clear away. I detest seeing pavements, beaches, park benches and other public places littered with cigarette ends. If smokers think it is acceptable to continue dropping the ends on the floor without punishment may I propose that I and every other member of society is allowed to deposit the residue of drinking in the vicinity of any smoker encountered... Comment777

12:01pm Thu 6 Feb 14

thankfully_not_from_here says...

Ok everyone, stop throwing your fag ends on the floor.... if we all dont do it then maybe that two million they will save from cleaning them up we might all have to pay less council tax.... haha like that would ever happen, they changed the bin collection to fortnightly, i havent seen a reduction in council tax then either, if anything it just keeps going up!

Typical Bolton council punishing people just to bump up revenue, its a disgrace this town, i wouldnt mind but that two million doesnt go very far as its always a dirty town full of dog **** and rubbish everywhere,

they should start doing the job properly!!!
Ok everyone, stop throwing your fag ends on the floor.... if we all dont do it then maybe that two million they will save from cleaning them up we might all have to pay less council tax.... haha like that would ever happen, they changed the bin collection to fortnightly, i havent seen a reduction in council tax then either, if anything it just keeps going up! Typical Bolton council punishing people just to bump up revenue, its a disgrace this town, i wouldnt mind but that two million doesnt go very far as its always a dirty town full of dog **** and rubbish everywhere, they should start doing the job properly!!! thankfully_not_from_here

12:04pm Thu 6 Feb 14

thankfully_not_from_here says...

Comment777 wrote:
Anyone who drops their cigarette ends on the floor should be ashamed of their behaviour. it is a disgusting habit during the course of which they pollute the air other people are breathing, especially around doorways of shops, offices and hospitals, they then drop the residue of their habit on the floor for other people to clear away.

I detest seeing pavements, beaches, park benches and other public places littered with cigarette ends. If smokers think it is acceptable to continue dropping the ends on the floor without punishment may I propose that I and every other member of society is allowed to deposit the residue of drinking in the vicinity of any smoker encountered...
**** the fruck up high and mighty!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: Anyone who drops their cigarette ends on the floor should be ashamed of their behaviour. it is a disgusting habit during the course of which they pollute the air other people are breathing, especially around doorways of shops, offices and hospitals, they then drop the residue of their habit on the floor for other people to clear away. I detest seeing pavements, beaches, park benches and other public places littered with cigarette ends. If smokers think it is acceptable to continue dropping the ends on the floor without punishment may I propose that I and every other member of society is allowed to deposit the residue of drinking in the vicinity of any smoker encountered...[/p][/quote]**** the fruck up high and mighty!!!! thankfully_not_from_here

1:10pm Thu 6 Feb 14

NOTnewsworthy says...

I was behind a police car when one of the coppers threw a fag butt out of the window just before entering Astley Bridge station, I wonder if his mate in the car with him gave him a fine?
I was behind a police car when one of the coppers threw a fag butt out of the window just before entering Astley Bridge station, I wonder if his mate in the car with him gave him a fine? NOTnewsworthy

6:15pm Thu 6 Feb 14

lv8151 says...

thankfully_not_from_
here
wrote:
Comment777 wrote:
Anyone who drops their cigarette ends on the floor should be ashamed of their behaviour. it is a disgusting habit during the course of which they pollute the air other people are breathing, especially around doorways of shops, offices and hospitals, they then drop the residue of their habit on the floor for other people to clear away.

I detest seeing pavements, beaches, park benches and other public places littered with cigarette ends. If smokers think it is acceptable to continue dropping the ends on the floor without punishment may I propose that I and every other member of society is allowed to deposit the residue of drinking in the vicinity of any smoker encountered...
**** the fruck up high and mighty!!!!
it is a disgusting habit during the course of which they pollute the air other people are breathing, especially around doorways of shops, offices and hospitals .... that would also make all car drivers disgusting ..... the fumes from your car exhaust puts more intoxicants into the air than any smoker does .... but do car drivers think about this when they whinge about smokers
[quote][p][bold]thankfully_not_from_ here[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Comment777[/bold] wrote: Anyone who drops their cigarette ends on the floor should be ashamed of their behaviour. it is a disgusting habit during the course of which they pollute the air other people are breathing, especially around doorways of shops, offices and hospitals, they then drop the residue of their habit on the floor for other people to clear away. I detest seeing pavements, beaches, park benches and other public places littered with cigarette ends. If smokers think it is acceptable to continue dropping the ends on the floor without punishment may I propose that I and every other member of society is allowed to deposit the residue of drinking in the vicinity of any smoker encountered...[/p][/quote]**** the fruck up high and mighty!!!![/p][/quote]it is a disgusting habit during the course of which they pollute the air other people are breathing, especially around doorways of shops, offices and hospitals .... that would also make all car drivers disgusting ..... the fumes from your car exhaust puts more intoxicants into the air than any smoker does .... but do car drivers think about this when they whinge about smokers lv8151

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