A MAN who was caught dropping a cigarette butt in a lay-by was ordered to pay more than £400 in fines and legal costs by magistrates.
Mark Newman, of Kingsclere Avenue in Havant, was seen dropping the cigarette butt in June by two council enforcement officers as they drove along the A3 near Liss.
But the court saw video footage of the bin which showed that it did not contain any cigarettes. At the trial Newman told the court he had been mistaken and claimed he disposed of the cigarette in a different bin at the lay-by.
On finding Newman guilty, magistrates said that having heard credible evidence from two experienced East Hampshire District Council enforcement officers who had witnessed Newman dropping the cigarette butt, it stretched credibility for Newman to claim he had forgotten which bin he had put the cigarette butt in.
He was fined £125 and ordered to pay the council £250 in legal costs along with a £30 victim surcharge.
Councillor Ingrid Thomas, portfolio holder for neighbourhood services, said: ‘This case shows our commitment to reducing litter and demonstrates that we are determined to follow through on the fines we issue.
‘We expect our regular patrols to cut the amount of litter being dropped around the district and that is good for the environment and good for the area’s residents and visitors.
‘The message is clear. If you drop litter, then you can expect a fine.’
Residents and visitors can be fined £80 for discarding litter, including cigarette butts and chewing gum. Failure to pay the fine could lead to a £2,500 fine in court and a criminal conviction.