Man hit with £600 fine for dropping cigarette butt in Dagenham
A Barking resident has been ordered to pay a total of £600 after he was caught dropping a cigarette butt outside a shop in Dagenham.
Mr Sirous Baziyar, 43, of Loxford Road, Barking, was spotted committing the offence by uniformed Enforcement Officers on 27 April 2018, directly outside a furniture shop on Green Lane, Dagenham.
He was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 and cautioned, after committing an offence under Section 87(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
However despite two reminder letters and a phone call, Mr Baziyar declined to pay, resulting in the case being heard at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 21 November 2018.
The court found Mr Baziyar guilty of the offence, ordering him to pay a total of £600 by 5 December 2018. This included a fine of £220, a victim surcharge of £30 and costs to Barking and Dagenham Council of £350.
"If you choose to treat our streets as your dustbin then you should watch out"
Reacting to the outcome, Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said:
“We are clamping down on litter and other grime crime in Barking and Dagenham, and this includes dropping cigarette butts on the street.
“This fine demonstrates our continued commitment to cleaning up the borough so that all our residents can live in a more pleasant environment.
“If you choose to treat our streets as your dustbin then you should watch out - we will catch you and we will hit you with the full weight of the law.”