A Wellingborough man has been fined £400 for throwing litter from a car window.
'Drop your litter and face the consequences' is the stark message from East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) which has recently prosecuted a driver for such an offence.
Back in January, an ENC environmental services officer witnessed the driver throw an empty cigarette packet out of his car window in Kettering Road, Thrapston.
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The driver was identified as Ryan Potticary, 26, of Wellingborough and was offered a fixed penalty notice of £150 (reduced to £100 if paid within 10 days).
Despite reminders being sent, he failed to pay the fine and was then referred to court where he was offered the opportunity to enter a plea by post.
Again, he failed to reply so the case went to Northampton Magistrates Court in August.
Potticary did not attend but was found guilty and received a £402 fine (£220 fine plus a £32 victim surcharge and £150 costs).
Leader of East Northants Council Steven North said: “All littering is an offence no matter what it is and we all need to take responsibility by using a bin or taking our rubbish home.
"And that’s not just to avoid a fine but to protect where we live, work, play and drive.
“I hope that this case serves as a warning that we will hold those who litter to account and we will pursue through the courts, if necessary.
"Avoid that hefty fine and do the right thing - bin it.”
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