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Litterbug fined for bottle throwing 08.02.11

A passenger who threw a plastic bottle out of a car, narrowly missing a group of schoolboys, has been fined for littering the streets.

Georgina Tierney was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £50 with a victims' surcharge of £15, after a court heard how she was caught in the act of littering.

Environmental health officers from Sutton Council spotted a passenger throwing a plastic bottle out of the window, just missing the students on the pavement.

The owner of the vehicle was subsequently contacted and details were obtained for the passenger, who admitted she had thrown the bottle from the vehicle.

It was explained to Ms Tierney that this was an offence and she would be sent a fixed penalty.

But when she failed to respond to the notice the matter was taken to court.

She appeared before Sutton magistrates on Thursday (Feb 3), where she admitted a littering offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Councillor Colin Hall, Sutton Council's Executive Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: "We put a lot of effort and taxpayers' money into keeping our streets clean and litter free.

"I hope this sends a clear message that dropping litter is unacceptable and anti-social and if you do, there is a good chance you will get a fixed penalty notice. If you fail to pay that fixed penalty notice, you could find yourself in court and on the wrong end of a much larger penalty.

"If you spot someone throwing litter from a car, take down their details and let us know. Those who do not respect our environment and let rubbish pollute Sutton's streets will be tracked down and brought before the courts."

If you have any information that could help catch a litterbug, contact Sutton Council by clicking the "Report It" button on the website www.sutton.gov.uk or telephoning 020 8770 5070

Last updated: Tuesday, 08 March 2011

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