Litter lout smokers handed fines in court

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A group of litter lout smokers have been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds in fines after being convicted in court of swerving fixed penalty notices.

Eight people were sentenced at Barnsley Magistrates Court for not paying spot fines issued for dropping cigarettes in public places.

Two of the group were also prosecuted for giving false details to officers who issued tickets - also an offence.

Gemma Burkinshaw, aged 26, of Main Street, Goldthorpe and Libby Care, aged 18, of Abbots Road, Lundwood, were fined £75 plus £120 costs for dropping a cigarette end.

Danielle Fawcett, 30, of Cedar Crescent, Lundwood, was given the same punishment but also made to pay £50 for giving false details.

Jonas Grisius, 29, of Shaw Lane, was fined £75 and ordered to pay £120 costs.

Yasmin Middleton, 19, of Roughwood Road, and Symone Owen-Hill, 23, of Peel Street, Worsbrough, were given the same fines, as was Steven Slater, 66, of Chapel Close, Birdwell.

Jason Street, 28, of Dodworth Road, was fined £75 and made to pay £120 costs, plus a £50 fine for giving false details.

All eight were also made to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

Officers use bodycams when giving out fines to identify people who give false details in an attempt to avoid paying.

Barnsley councillor Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for Place, said: “Cigarette ends are litter and must be disposed of responsibly or you will face a fine.

“We have a tough stance on litterers who blight our streets and cost council tax payers money in street cleaning bills.

“Giving false details is also unacceptable – you will be found out.”