Sheffield litter louts pay big price - with 1,200 fined in 12 months

Litter and bins around Wincobank and Attercliffe
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Three people a day are being fined for dropping litter in Sheffield.

And litter louts were today warned they face tough fines for deliberately discarding rubbish.

Litter and bins around Wincobank and Attercliffe

Litter and bins around Wincobank and Attercliffe

The Star can reveal 1,200 people were caught dropping litter in Sheffield in the last 12 months.

On one day last month, 22 people were prosecuted in court - paying out more than £11,000 in fines.

Most of the 1,200 people caught discarding litter on the streets paid the £75 fixed penalty notice issued by Sheffield Council enforcement officers.

But 22 people who ignored reminders to pay have recently been taken to court by the council and fined up to £440 each for the offence plus costs – £11,650 in total.

Litter and bins around Wincobank and Attercliffe

Litter and bins around Wincobank and Attercliffe

The maximum fine is £1,000.

Mike Parry, environmental enforcement team manager, said fines were used as a ‘credible deterrent’ alongside education work and clean up operations.

He added: “Most people in Sheffield will keep hold of their litter and carry it until they find a bin, but on occasion people will deliberately drop litter and they need to know there are consequences.

“The people who get taken to court are those who are determined not to recognise that they committed an offence.

Litter and bins around Wincobank and Attercliffe

Litter and bins around Wincobank and Attercliffe

“Going to court is not what we want – but if they don’t pay the penalty notice we have to do something.”

Enforcement officers giving out fines must catch people deliberately discarding the litter and then walking away – rather than accidentally missing a bin or having something blow away.

The 22 people prosecuted at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on April 16 were:

Jan Dolac, aged 24, of Scott Road, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44;Miriam Stocks, 47, of Sitwell, Shortbrook Way, Sheffield, fine £50, costs £50, victim surcharge £20; Chenqian Yang, 22, of The Forge, Boston Street, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Sofia-Maria Begum Ahmed, 26, of Caistor Street, Stockport, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; HV Diavd, 24, of The Forge, Boston Street, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44: Harli Hao, 25, of West One Central, 12 Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44.

Emma Richardson, 31, of Upper Wortley Road, Thorpe Hesley, fine £170, costs £50, victim surcharge £20; Tristen Tse, 22, of East Grove Road, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Saw Soe, 30, of London Road, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Kelly Prideaux, 27, of Pugneys Road, Wakefield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Natasha Gowen, 38, of Swanbourne Road, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Xu Jia, 20, of Trigon, 191 Shoreham Street, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Jacqueline Rodgers, 29, of Wimbourne Close, Hull, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Ignacio Cristo Delgado, 26, of Wellington Street, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44, Mohammed Waseem, 21, of Brideoak Street, Manchester, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Sandra Vioque Miranda, 24, of Minna Road, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Leasa Ward, 39, of Ravencarr Road, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Dawn Blay, 45, of Staveley Street, Edlington, Doncaster, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Zac Belcher, 20, of Longman Road, Barnsley, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44; Charlotte Pinchin, 25, of Hunter House Road, Sheffield, fine £200 (two offences), costs £118.79, victim surcharge £20; Joanna Bolus, 40, of Hirst Gate, Mexborough, fine £80, costs £50, victim surcharge £20; Jordon Christina Lee, 19, of Leighton Road, Sheffield, fine £440, costs £118.79, victim surcharge £44.