Mansfield man ordered to pay over £630 after throwing paper out of car

He must pay over 630 in fines, costs and surcharges.
He must pay over 630 in fines, costs and surcharges.

A Mansfield man has been ordered to pay over £600 after being seen throwing a piece of paper out of a car.

The case against David Webster was prosecuted by Mansfield District Council and heard at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court on December 6.

Webster, 31, of Victoria Street, indicated no plea to littering and the case was proved in his absence.

The court was told that on May 12 this year, a Neighbourhood Warden saw Webster throw a screwed up piece of paper onto the road from a car which was parked on Rosemary Street in Mansfield and issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for £75.

But the FPN was never paid so the council prosecuted Webster for littering.

He was fined £440 and ordered to pay £150 costs and a victim surcharge of £44.

Cllr Bill Drewett, Portfolio Holder for Safer Communities at Mansfield District Council, said after the case: "People need to be very clear about littering: if you drop litter in this district, you could be facing a Fixed Penalty Notice. If you ignore that £75 FPN, we will take you to court and that could be much more expensive as you would face a fine and costs but also because you could end up with a criminal record, as well.

"Our advice is don't drop litter. There are plenty of bins provided and if there isn't one around, take your litter home. We always take littering seriously."