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PEOPLE who drop litter are being warned they face prosecution as part of a bid to keep the area tidy.

It comes after a 49-year-old woman was fined £100 for dropping wrappers out of her car window.

Janice Dore, of Vadne Gardens, Gosport, was spotted dropping papers while driving along San Diego Road in the town. She was seen by a council officer in a marked patrol car, who gave her a fixed penalty notice for £75.

But the 49-year-old requested her case was heard in court.

Magistrates found her guilty and ordered she pay a fine of £100, an extra £110 towards Gosport Borough Council’s costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Voluntary groups in Gosport have been lobbying the council to do more about the problem of people dropping litter and have welcomed the prosecution.

Richard Gowen, who runs the Alverstoke Litter-pickers group, said: ‘It’s about time.

‘It should have been done before and every council should be doing it.

‘We can’t leave everything to the council, we’ve got to do something. I pick up litter over the bridge and I feel good when I’ve done it.

‘The stronger the action the better. The council needs to be proactive on this and get it advertised too.

‘I just think certain sections of the public are to blame.

‘Almost every day I pick up litter from the Alver bridge.

‘They should push the law as far as it can go; people should be penalised.’

A fixed penalty notice for littering carries a fine of £75 which must be paid within 14 days.

If paid within seven days the fine is reduced to £50.

Not paying the fine in 14 days means it is referred to the courts for prosecution.

Councillor Graham Burgess, the chairman of the community board at Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘We are pleased the magistrate supported the action taken by the council.

‘It’s not acceptable to just throw your rubbish down wherever and whenever you like and expect local residents to put up with the mess.

‘There’s simply no excuse as there are lots of bins around, and for those driving a vehicle, take your rubbish home and dispose of it there.’

Dore appeared before Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on October 5.

Gosport has a number of volunteer litter-picking groups including the Alverstoke Litter-pickers and Lee-on-the-Solent Litteraction.