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Friday 23 June 2017

Dropped cigarettes cost litter louts £1,600 as council clamps down on offenders

Cheshire East Council’s ‘get tough’ approach to littering and fly-tipping has resulted in further successful prosecutions with fines and costs totalling £1,570 for two offenders.

Dr James Carey, 63, of Goulden Street, Crewe, was fined £80 with costs of £930 for dropping a cigarette in Earle Street in Crewe. He was also ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.

Carey admitted dropping the cigarette but denied leaving it. He pleaded not guilty to the offence of littering but was convicted after a two-hour trial.

In a separate prosecution, previously- convicted fly-tipper Oliver Bailey, 20, of Ruskin Road, Crewe, was convicted of two offences, for dropping and leaving cigarettes in Market Street, and at Grand Junction Retail Park, both in Crewe, in December 2016.

Bailey pleaded guilty by post and was fined £185 for each offence, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £130 and a victim surcharge of £30, leaving him with a total of £530 to pay.

The two cases came before Crewe Magistrates on June 14 and 15.

Cheshire East Council began its ‘Keep Crewe Clean’ campaign in September, employing a team of enforcement officers to prosecute incidents of fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling.

Councillor Paul Bates, cabinet member for finance and communities, said: “These court prosecutions reinforce our message that littering of any description will be dealt with robustly as we take steps to clean up Crewe, where many responsible residents have asked us to take tough action.

“While our actions may be unpopular and costly for some, we know that our tough stance is applauded and welcomed by the majority.”

These latest convictions take the number of successful prosecutions for litter to more than 150 since the council’s campaign began.

Fly-tipping, dropping litter and dog fouling are all environmental crimes which can be reported online at: or by ringing 0300 123 5011. The website also contains lots of information to help residents with their waste and recycling.

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