LITTERBUGS who dropped cigarette butts in the street have been given hefty fines and ordered to pay costs of up to £300.
And Corby Council is hoping the sentences will act as a warning to people who continue to dispose of rubbish carelessly.
The council successfully prosecuted three residents at Corby Magistrates Court on Wednesday, May 2, for dropping cigarettes in public places.
Margaret Bone, of Crawford Grove, in the town, attended court and pleaded guilty to the offence.
She was fined £80 and ordered to pay costs of £85, as well as a £15 victim surcharge.
Jack Glos, of Chelveston Drive, Corby, was found guilty in his absence and was fined £200 and ordered to the pay costs of £300, with a £15 victim surcharge.
And Michal Porskwa, of Montrose Street, was also found guilty in his absence. He was fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £300, as well as a £15 victim surcharge.
Corby Council’s lead member for environment Cllr Peter McEwan said: “We take littering and fly-tipping seriously and will continue to crack down on it while we find more ways to find out who is responsible.
“There is no excuse for allowing rubbish to blight our community and any being dumped on the side of roads or in public areas will not be tolerated.”
Cllr McEwan said the authority is dedicated to keeping the borough clean and tidy.
And he urged residents to ensure that waste and litter is disposed off correctly.
He said: “If residents fail to dispose of their waste in the appropriate manner it can lead to a fine of up to £5,000 and anyone caught fly-tipping can be fined up to £50,000.
“We are dedicated to continuing the crackdown on the issue of fly-tipping and littering.”
Earlier this week Cllr Stan Heggs highlighted the problem of fly-tipping after huge bags of wood chippings and garden waste were dumped in Bear Lane, Weldon.
He said: “The people responsible show no respect. This kind of behaviour is infuriating.”
Residents who see anyone fly-tipping or dropping litter are asked to report the matter to the council.
Information can be given in confidence by calling the council’s environmental team on 01536 464654.