More litterers punished by the courts

Nine litter louts must pay £688 after appearing before Plymouth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard how all of the offenders were given fixed penalty notices by the Council’s environmental enforcement officers, who witnessed them dropping litter on the city’s streets.

However, despite several reminders, the fixed penalty notices remained unpaid, resulting in a summons to court.

The court found the defendants guilty in their absence and ordered them each to pay a fine of £440, legal costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £44.

Another defendant submitted a guilty plea by post and was fined £100, ordered to pay £200 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

All ten defendants will now have a criminal record.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: "I love this city and I want to keep it clean and tidy for visitors and residents.

"The people in court on Tuesday decided to show little respect for our city, and we will not sit and watch it happen. If you drop litter, we will come after you. Littering will not be tolerated.”