Council issues 45 fines in five days to Barking litter louts
A council clampdown on people dropping litter on the floor has led to 45 fines being issued in just five days in Barking.
Offenders were issued with £75 on-the-spot fines, as part of a planned operation to tidy up the town centre by Barking and Dagenham council enforcement officers.
Those caught littering have 14 days to pay or face prosecution under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
It isn't rocket science - put your rubbish in the bin
If convicted, they could face a maximum fine of £2,500. Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: “It isn’t rocket science. When you’ve finished with your rubbish, chuck it in the bin. Children understand this but sadly some of these litter louts seem to think the law doesn’t apply to them.
“As a result of their ignorance, they have learnt an expensive lesson and will hopefully think twice before throwing any rubbish on the streets again.”
So far this year, the council has issued 306 fixed penalty notices to people across the borough caught littering.