Smokers and litterbugs hit by big fines

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SMOKERS and litterbugs have been issued with thousands of pounds of fines between them after they were caught dropping cigarette ends and rubbish in Rotherham.

Jordan Duckmanton, of Gaunt Drive, Bramley, and Barry Pearman, of Wingfield Road, Wingfield, were each fined £350 and ordered to pay costs of £180.74 after being convicted in their absence of dropping cigarette butts in the town centre.

Emma Wright, from Goole, was fined £300 and costs of £180.74 in her absence for dropping a cigarette at the interchange and Lisa Squires, of Lapwater Road, Wingfield, who attended court, was fined £100 and £80 costs for the same offence.

Carole Oakes, of Grosvenor Road, Eastwood, who pleaded guilty by post, was fined £75 for dropping a cigarette at the interchange and Keith Spencer of Copley Place, Masbrough, was fined £40 for dropping a fag on High Street.

Alexander Frere, of Oates Avenue, Rawmarsh, was fined £100 and £60 costs for dropping litter in Howard Street in Rotherham town centre and Steven White of Chapel Street, Greasbrough, was fined £150 and £52 costs for fly-tipping green waste on land behind The Kimberworth Park pub on Town Lane.

Matt Finn, Community Protection Manager for Rotherham Council, said: “Taking pride in our neighbourhoods and keeping them free from litter, dog fouling, graffiti and fly-tipping is a particular local issue and the authority spends over £1.8 million removing illegally dumped waste and keeping Rotherham a cleaner place to live.”