Litter bugs dealt with in Barnsley

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Barnsley Council has been given one day a month at court to tackle littering offences.

Last week 61 people had their cases dealt with by Barnsley magistrates after they were charged with littering.

Three of those also faced charges of giving false details when caught dropping cigarette ends in the town.

All were either found guilty or pleaded guilty in advance.

A total of 58 were given fines of £35, with court costs of £120 and a victim surcharge of £20.

The three who had also given false details to the officers when they received their on-the-spot fines for littering, in an attempt to avoid having to pay, all received fines of £400, costs of £120 and a £40 victim surcharge.

They were Haralds Gindra, aged 59, of Junction Street, Barnsley, who was caught dropping cigarette end outside the Alhambra Centre; Tamara Maximova, 26, of Crookes Street, Barnsley, who dropping a cigarette end on May Day Green and Marek Ziolkowski, 23, of Doncaster Road, Barnsley, who dropped a cigarette end outside Barnsley Interchange.

The council worked with 3GS, the company who are contracted to provide environmental enforcement in the town centre, to bring the litter bugs to court.

Councillor Roy Miller, of Barnsley Council’s Cabinet, said: “Barnsley Council is committed to having a cleaner borough, which benefits everyone and helps attract new businesses and new jobs to Barnsley.

“The work done by 3GS in the town centre area since May 2014 has helped with this considerably - litter around town has been reduced dramatically, along with the costs of clearing it up from the streets.

“Some people still think they can avoid paying a fine by giving false details, but they should think twice - these cases are fully investigated and where possible prosecutions will be brought for giving false details as well as the offence of littering. The fines of £560 each should be a deterrent.”