Sheffield litter louts to face increased fines

Fly-tipping at Redmires Resevoir
Fly-tipping at Redmires Resevoir
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Litter louts are to face increased on-the-spot fines in Sheffield as part of the campaign to keep the city clean.

People who are caught dropping litter in the city will be issued with £80 fines from next month instead of the current £75 - with discounts to £50 for paying within two weeks also being scrapped.

Flytippers will also be subjected to on-the-spot fines under new powers for council officers. Offenders will be given an option to pay £400 or be taken to court but can reduce their fine to £300 if they pay it within ten days.

Sheffield Council bosses said that more serious cases of flytipping will still result in prosecution at court, where those found guilty can face unlimited fines or even a prison term.

The new fees will be introduced from Thursday, September 1.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment at Sheffield Council, said: “The message is simple. If you dump waste or drop litter in Sheffield, you will be given a new and increased fee to pay and, if, you fail to pay at that point, you will be brought before the courts.

“As this decision and recent court cases prove, we can and will take strong action against those anti-social people who dump their waste on the streets of Sheffield.

“We all need to do our bit to keep Sheffield clean and fitting of its title as the UK’s Outdoor City. While we know most Sheffielders are proud of where they live, we are not afraid to take strong action against the minority who seek to spoil it.”

Environmental enforcement officers in Sheffield have issued nearly 1,100 fixed penalty notice fines to litter louts across the city in the last year.

Most of these offenders admitted the offence and paid the fixed penalty.

But those that did not pay the fixed penalty were prosecuted, with 218 offenders taken to court in the last 12 months - an average of more than four people a week.

The maximum fine for dropping litter that can be passed by the courts is £1,000 per offence.