Thrown ciggie costs woman £870 in court

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A HUCKNALL woman has been hit in the pocket with a hefty fine of £600 for throwing a cigarette on the street.

Janine Radford (31), of Woollaton Street, was accused of littering by Ashfield District Council and taken to court.

She was seen discarding the cigarette on Titchfield Street, Hucknall on Wednesday November 23 last year.

The council decided to prosecute Radford, who was duly ordered to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court to answer the charge.

She failed to turn up for the case last week but magistrates agreed to hear the case in her absence and found her guilty of the offence.

As well as the £600 penalty, Radford was also ordered to pay the council’s costs for bringing the case of £255, as well as a victim surcharge of £15.

The total of £870 was ordered to be paid in full within 14 days.

A collection order was also made, which means that if the fine is not paid, enforcement action could be taken to recover the money. Ultimately, Radford’s belongings could be seized and sold to pay the debt.

Coun Warren Nuttall (Lab), lead member for environment at Ashfield Council, said: “The council is committed to addressing the issue of litter and tackles the problem head-on. Community protection officers (CPOs) patrol the area and issue fines to those caught offending.

“This action is taken to ensure that the district is kept clean for all to enjoy.”