A SMOKER was slapped with a whopping £578 fine after dropping a cigarette butt on the floor after wardens tracked him down using CCTV.
Glen Barber, from Grimsby, was caught on camera throwing the end of his smoke in a long stay carpark near Hook in Hampshire on October 17 last year.
Getty – Contributor He was fined £100 for littering, £200 for using a fake name, court costs of £248 and finally, a victim surcharge of £30
Google Patrols for litter and dog fouling was been introduced to the area in November last year
Before he left the car park, he was quizzed by wardens but gave a false name in the hope he’d get off with the fine.
After car parking officials realised that he had fibbed, they tracked him down and was summoned to Basingstoke Magistrates Court on March 28.
He was fined £100 for littering, £200 for using a fake name, court costs of £248 and finally, a victim surcharge of £30. Making that cigarette the most expensive one in his life.
This comes after claims that wardens have been following people down the street as they have a puff, waiting for them to discard the smoke on the floor.
Patrols for litter and dog fouling was been introduced to the area in November last year.
Since then there have been 513 fines issued – 11 for dog business, 16 for dropping litter from vehicles and 486 for litter being dropped – like in Glen’s case.
Joint chief executive of Hart District Council, Patricia Hughes told the Basingstoke Gazette: “This prosecution gives a clear message that we will not tolerate littering in the district and my thanks to the officers involved for their hard work in getting this case resolved.”
The initiative attracted controversy with reports of wardens “intimidating” and even following members of the public before issuing fines.
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Portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, councillor David Bolton said: “We’re doing this because people want us to take a tougher stance on litter and dog fouling.
“When asked if they’d support a more robust, zero tolerance approach – meaning a fine if you were caught – 87 per cent of 2,955 respondents said they would.”
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