Corby residents fined for throwing away cigarette butts

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Corby residents are paying the price after being successfully prosecuted by Corby Council for dropping cigarette butts.

Sian Owens of Stephenson Way, was prosecuted at Corby Magistrates Court in January but failed to attend the hearing. She was found guilty in her absence for dropping a cigarette in Elizabeth Street and was fined £100, ordered to pay costs of £150 and a £20 victim surcharge.

Oksana Marcinkeviciute of Beanfield Avenue, Corby, was also prosecuted but failed to attend her hearing in January. She was found guilty in her absence for committing the same offence and was fined £100, ordered to pay £150 costs and also received a £20 victim surcharge.

Amy Justice of Portree Walk, Corby, was prosecuted for the same offence in George Street. She pleaded guilty by letter and failed to attend her hearing. She was found guilty and fined £37, ordered to pay costs of £50 and a £20 victim surcharge.

Corby Council’s lead member for environment, Cllr Paul Beattie, said: “We are committed to keeping our borough clean and hopefully successful prosecutions like this will prove to residents that there will be zero tolerance for those who litter the streets with cigarettes or any form of litter.

“We are continuing to crack down on litter bugs and have been running high impact campaigns such as the Pick-nic events and have plans for patrol enforcements in hotspot areas.”