Upload a photo Upload a video Upload an mp3 Upload an event

News


Barnsley man pays the price over cig butt

Tuesday July 19 2016


Ben Stephenson will have to pay £675 Ben Stephenson will have to pay £675


A BARNSLEY man who dropped a cigarette butt has failed in his appeal against a littering fine - costing him £675 in total.

Ben Stephenson, 28, of Cemetery Road, Hemingfield, was convicted of littering by Barnsley Council after he dropped a cigarette end on Hough Lane in Wombwell.  

After he chose to appeal the charge, he was fined £250, plus court costs of £200 and a £25 victim surcharge at Barnsley Magistrates Court on April 8.

Then, at the appeal hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on July 15, four witnesses gave evidence in support of the council - including video evidence of the offence. 

After considering the evidence, the court dismissed Stephenson’s appeal.

The court ordered he pay £200 extra towards the cost of the appeal, meaning his littering offence will cost him a total of £675 in fines and costs.

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet spokesperson for Communities, said: “Cigarette ends are litter and must be disposed of responsibly or the person responsible will face a fine – which will lead to prosecution if they fail to pay.

"The council's vision is for a better Barnsley, and we have a tough stance on litterers who blight our streets and cost council tax payers money in street cleaning bills.”

Leave a comment
comments powered by Disqus
92 Showing 92 comments

Reply Posted by mr d on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 17:11
its wrong to charge anyone for dropping a fag end.

Reply Posted by MrMe on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:42
Why? if all the fag ends were collected and dumped in your garden, what would you be saying then I wonder...

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 10:07
Why ???

Reply Posted by Fred on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 17:52
Should get em more for dog mess

Reply Posted by Dave G on Monday July 25 2016 at 12:16
Fred .. Would you be a cat owner by any chance .. thought so !

Reply Posted by Barnsleylass on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 17:57
No it's not wrong. At the end of the day it's still littering! Should have just paid the fine rather than messing around appealing it. A very expensive cig...wonder if he will learn??

Reply Posted by Sarah on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 17:58
My thoughts exactly Fred. People who leave their dog mess all over pavements know it is hazardous to health yet still dont pick it up. A minimum of £1000 fine should apply to dog owners and say £50 for littering as although wrong you cant go blind from litter on the floor.

Reply Posted by Dave G on Monday July 25 2016 at 12:18
I agree Sarah .. should take it further though with cat mess deposited in private gardens .. £2000 fine and then put the cat to sleep .. disgusting things they are ..

Reply Posted by brad on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 17:59
Barnsley council are an absolute disgrace following people to catch them droppjng cigs absolute scum

Reply Posted by MrMe on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:38
So Barnsley Council are a disgrace because they stop scrubbers who want to litter everywhere. Where do you live? I'll dump a load of rubbish in your garden and see how cheerful you are.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 10:09
Thou speaketh total garbage Sir. A thrashing for ALL litter louts is also in order .

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 16:35
No Sir , thou art wrong , it is the fag end droppers whom are the absolute scum .

Reply Posted by Mr C on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 18:18
It's a sad state or affaires when Barnsley council are sending gestapo out to fine people for dropping a fag but yet people are dumping refuse all over the place on the backs and on quiet lanes but nothing gets done about that (shame on you council)

Reply Posted by MrMe on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:44
Sometimes its the only way to stop muppets from dropping litter I'm afraid. Agree with you about the fly tipping though. They got money to waste on other frivolous things, but yet can't install some sort of night vision camera etc in hot-spots that are rife with it.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 16:37
cant fine them if they dont witness it . The fools whom drop fag ends in full view of the enforcement officers really are FOOLS .

Reply Posted by MarkGibbs on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 18:22
But when Gypos cover the streets with filth and excrement the authorities don't bat an eye lid!!! The law is a farce!!!

Reply Posted by MrMe on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:45
The probably don't like confrontation...so won't attend in person without bodyguards, which is understandable considering.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 10:09
Very true , they are scared of the gippos

Reply Posted by Michaela Kenworthy on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 18:25
It's easy to take a line on this sort of litter. However, fly tipping is a much bigger issue, most likely derived from the issue of being able to take larger items to the tip, where a van is needed. Then you need to apply for tokens. Can't see why there are double standards, with the bigger culprits dumping stuff on country lanes and not getting caught because of the messing around required to get tokens. Also a £75 fine is not proportional to the offence in my opinion.

Reply Posted by Fag ash lill on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 18:25
Am surprised they havnt been round the perimeter of Barnsley hospital! They would make a fortune.

Reply Posted by MrMe on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:49
Agreed. Never understood it really, I saw a women on a drip, gaunt looking in short looked like crap, be hey ho, fag in hand. What gets me, how many illiterate individuals that are around Barnsley are a concern. There are signs plastered all over the grounds of the hospital, but yet people still smoke around the boarded up building near main entrance. I know smoking stunts your grow, but didn't realize is stunts peoples intelligence. Still, SOME of us live and learn.

Reply Posted by Know Your Rights on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 18:32
its wrong when the enforcement officers are undercover not showing any identification at all until they stop you this is classed as entrapment and is illegal Barnsley Council clearly doesn't know the law

Reply Posted by MrMe on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:52
Erm, no it isn't entrapment, not sure how you come to that conclusion.
By definition;
"In criminal law, entrapment is a practice whereby a law enforcement agent induces a person to commit a criminal offense that the person would have otherwise been unlikely to commit."

Google...Marvelous!

Reply Posted by Poz on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 18:35
I agree with do fining for littering and dog mess, but what about horses?, I walked on Pennie way with my dog n cleaned her mess up and all along the stretch round res and trail there was loads of piles of horse manure, can't have 1 law for 1 and let others get away with it, its not as if it's a small insignificant pile either

Reply Posted by mrs e on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 00:04
police on horses in town should be made to clean up the mess there horses make it,s disgusting on match day when people are shopping with children and horse mess all over

Reply Posted by adfa@gmail.com on Thursday July 21 2016 at 15:54
Horse crap is basically mulched up vegetation, it's not toxic to humans Dog poo is horse manure degrades much quicker and it doesn't smell half as bad..

Reply Posted by Paul on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 18:37
What I find hypocritical is ya see council workers dropping tab ends, they think nobody watches them watching us but they're very wrong. You'd have thought health workers would have more abart them, trying to push folk to quit smoking but yet ya see doctors n nurses nippin out for a quick fag. Their all just ****** up our backs.

Reply Posted by Gavel on Thursday July 21 2016 at 15:54
Spend 10 minutes at the front of the unoffical BMBC smoking shelter outside Gateway plazaand you could make a fortung.

Reply Posted by Michelle gledhill on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 18:47
Pay the street cleaners wot they save on bins being emptied barnsley council are not bothered about the overflowing rubbish tht does not fit in the bins should council be fined for this o wonder

Reply Posted by Someone on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 18:54
To Mr 'Know your rights' you need to look up the word entrapment as you clearly don't know what it means. If an enforcement officer came upto you and said "throw down your fag" and then proceeded to issue you with a ticket then THAT would be entrapment. Merely being in plain clothes is not the same at all.

Reply Posted by Ric on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 19:56
Interesting comments. He should have been fined for dropping fags on the floor. Perhaps £675 is a bit steep, but he could have just paid the initial fine. Horse dung and dog mass should also attract similar attention - I agree. The gypsy comment is also valid as well as fly tipping. C'mon Barnsley Council: if your aim is to improve standards do it across the board.

Reply Posted by r watt on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 21:47
I was waiting for my wife and having a fag in my car I am aware that you cannot drop it but as l do not have a ashtray in my car l dropped it and got out of my car to pick it up and this enforcement officer came from a car behind and said you only picked it up because you saw me coming that was not true .

Reply Posted by MrMe on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:40
Why didn't you just wait until you got home to have a cig? Makes more sense.

Reply Posted by PRD on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 22:01
people know if they get caught they will be fined so why do it. no difference between dog fouling, spitting out chewing gum, or feeding pigeons, it all comes under littering, its not rocket science don't drop it and you wont get fined.

Reply Posted by Me on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 22:06
Mi dad was fined for this other day. Hes in his 70s and the 'enforcement officer'was getting very mouthy with him. He saw another, much younger man drop on and didnt bat an eyelid, pretended he didnt see... he was looking right at him. Targeting old age pensioners over someone that could knock him out... yeah very fair enforcement officers. Well done on ya 75 quid fine, the easier one to target in the situation. Why not pull the other bloke aswell? Oh yeah cos the attitude he was giving would have got him a crack off other bloke... and infront of his grand child aswell. Shameful tactics.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Thursday July 21 2016 at 12:43
yes the law should be fairly applied , however your grandpappy bis still in the wrong !

Reply Posted by Daphnia on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 22:10
I agree should be fined my granddaughter got fined for dropping a cig end on floor but didn't agree with him putting his arms on her try to tarse her away with being under 18 she actually said take your hands off me

Reply Posted by MrMe on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:58
Unwanted physical contact, the "agents" don't have the power to "forcibly" or otherwise make any physical contact. As I am lead to believe, they have no powers of arrest, the cannot detain etc. The only power they have is to serve a notice of fines. Again, as to my understanding.

Reply Posted by Phil on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 22:16
I was waiting for a 66 at stand 1 and couldn't believe my eyes. There was an enforcement officer hiding half crouched down behind the wall to the information kiosk. He was spying on 3 young women that were smoking near the entrance. They also follow people that get off the bus and train. Another young woman was followed to the bottom of Market Hill. These people are pathetic. This is nothing more than generating revenue.

Reply Posted by MrMe on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 00:02
Frustrating as it may seem (and I certainly don't condone it in some respects) its the only way to catch these people. Take speed cameras, how many people drive like complete idiots, slow right down as though they are a model citizen, then as soon as they have passed the camera...foot down. Eventually, someone will get hurt.
I know its a different situation, but the principal and the morals is the same.

Reply Posted by Phil. on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:51
No Barnsley council aren't a disgrace for wanting rubbish of the streets. I myself am a non smoker. I work in the town centre and see the tactics used by the enforcement officers. If this was about stopping people littering they would be in full view where people could see them and not drop cig ends. The problem is that it's only about cig ends easy prey for them. The fly tippers and dog walkers are getting away with it. I don't like people who litter either it's not about that.

Reply Posted by phil on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 23:59
Talking about revenue generating. Did anyone notice the speed trap on Pontefract Road. He has changed tactics. He was on the opposite side than he usually is and facing the wrong way. I don't agree with speeding either but you've got to agree that while catching people out they have to make as much money as possible?

Reply Posted by David Barnes on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 00:05
I've seen loads loads of tab ends at bus stop out side Wombwell library and else where especially in Barnsley on market Street near bright house shop and Silkstone pub.

Reply Posted by Phil on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 00:06
If people want rid of these enforcement officers don't give them an income, don't drop cig ends and always look behind you when you.light up.

Reply Posted by MrMe on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 00:10
Nail+head=right on brother.
Just as a point to mention, they don't just target cig butts, its litter generally.
Crisps packets, tickets, receipts. Anything dropped on the floor that shouldn't be there.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 16:39
YEH RIGHT ON BROTHER , KEEP THE FAITH , LONG LIVE NORTHERN SOUL !

Reply Posted by MrMe on Friday July 22 2016 at 11:00
absolumont!

Reply Posted by Si on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 06:18
What about people that spit, surley they should be fined too. Spitting is a massive cause of TB

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 10:12
yes , burpers and farters too , its rather unsavoury i say , Just a gentle thrashing for these ner do wells i suggest .

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 07:04
If the enforcement officers spent 30 minutes outside the unofficial smoking shelter one stop at hateway plaza they would more than pay oe persons salary. I agree littering should be fined but fly tipping is a much bigger blight right now

Reply Posted by Mr Me on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 09:53
But yet lager louts still line the street, druggies are still on corners, kids still rampage about, building sites everywhere, council/town workers still ramming residents streets with parking, homeless in alleyways. But yet we focus on bits of litter, with ridiculous fines that the average Barnsley folk can't afford. Not to mention the harassment endured by the environment officers following people around for ages. Barnsley, you have your priorities wrong

Reply Posted by Big T on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 12:52
If the average Barnsley person can't afford to pay the fine for dropping litter from their filthy disgusting habit then perhaps they should not drop fag ends eh?
Or better yet, how do they afford to buy the stuff? These arent poor people that have never hurt anyone, they are criminals that are dropping filth on the floor. No different than fly tippers.
The fines should be higher if you ask me.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Thursday July 21 2016 at 12:45
The reaper has to agree with BIG T

Reply Posted by Davieboy on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 11:02
Just goe's to show........not only can smoking can damage your health.
......but can also damage your wallet.

Reply Posted by bob on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 12:59
Cmon Barnsley folk, when are you gonna learn ?

if you could just manage to stop yourselves littering these enforcement officers would have no job !

Reply Posted by Steven James on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 13:02
Absolute money making scam END OF!

Were people dropping litter and fag ends 5 years ago?
10 years ago?
50 years ago?
100 years ago?

Yes to all of the above!

Is it REALLY making the town cleaner?

IS IT?

Or am I being cynical thinking that the Labour BMBC CLOWNS and the clowns that vote for them, YES YOU are directly responsible for this idiotic MONEY MAKING scam.

You can sugar coat it as much as you like but that is all it is.

How to "eek" as much money from the "cash cow" local populous whilst squandering MILLIONS of POUNDS on grandiose projects which will saddle our future generations with massive DEBTS!

But hey YOU keep voting em in time after time after time!

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 16:40
woodbines , park drive , senior service , to name a couple .

Reply Posted by 50 years ago... on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 17:23
I do remember clearly 50 years ago and in answer to your question 'Were people dropping litter and fag ends....' NO. 50 years ago the main litter dropped if any would be fish and chip newspaper wrappings. There was NO other fast food containers, plastic sandwich packs, plastic drink bottles, cans, disposable baby nappies, plastic carrier bags from shopping, drug taking paraphernalia. People didn't do fly tipping as their furniture lasted a life time. It wasn't a time of disposable anything was it? 100 years ago, less so I am sure but don't remember as I am only 67! the rag n bone man came round in a cart for household stuff.

Reply Posted by 50 years ago... on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 17:29
Oh everybody smoked though and it was encouraged so tab ends would be dropped though you could of course smoke in pubs, on buses, trains, cinemas etc which had ash trays between the seats so not much need to drop tab ends in the street! It's a wonder any of us can still breathe though a lot of my age can't.

Reply Posted by Naughtynorman on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 19:06
Reaper my old friend you've named three,not a couple has the heat gone to your mind??? Perhaps all those thrashings have taken their toll.

Reply Posted by Haha on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 20:44
The 'cash cow' local populous??
What? do you mean those on benefits, DLA, JSA, Universal Credit? Those who have never worked nor did their mans and dads?
That lot vote for the far right if at all.
While the working people pay for their right to be idle, cause mayhem, overburden the hospital, drop litter and basically expect us lot to clear up their mess and foot the bill.

Reply Posted by Steven James on Thursday July 21 2016 at 08:25
Hmmm, such a sweeping statement that.

But in the scheme of things the casual dropping of a fag end in the town centre is way down on the priority list innit.

Been in recently?

Was in just the other day and the "making Barnsley Cleaner" and "putting extra resources into the town centre" seems to have fallen by the wayside...

Yup they were there again the "undesirables" loitering, drinking, swearing and generally off their tits on (I)legal highs sat on the step of the abandoned shop next door to the corner pin.

Now correct me if I am wrong but the clowns @ BMBC towers ant to spend £50 MILLION QUID of OUR MONEY on a "new" Town Centre saddling future generations with massive debts for this "vanity project" all while cutting services to the bone and keeping their own vastly inflated wages I hasten to add.

So IS the dropping of a fag end the "crime of the century" in the grandiose scheme of things?

I would sooner have 10,000 fag ends in the town centre than the p*ssed up idiots or smackrats pestering the good people of this town for "busfare".

Yes "cash cow" as that is all it is.

Take those rose coloured glasses off, stop voting for the Labour clowns too while you are at it.

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Thursday July 21 2016 at 12:46
yes i blame the heat norm !

Reply Posted by Beryl on Wednesday July 27 2016 at 11:13
Steven James .. From your uncontrolled ranting it's pretty obvious that you are a chain smoker, perhaps even someone who smokes the "funny stuff" .. But please, oh great one, why not stand in the next local elections and put all these perceived wrongs, right .. With your astute observations and faultless common sense ( i thought the bit about dropping litter and fag ends 100 years ago was a classic by the way ) you'll surely sweep the board at the next local elections .. I really look forward to seeing your own super intelligent, manifesto .. VOTE STEVEN JAMES .. yer know it's reyt ..

Reply Posted by Steven James on Thursday July 28 2016 at 15:03
Yes Beryl I am a smoker, not quite a "chain smoker" though.
I don't smoke the old Moroccan Woodbines either as we have drink and drug tests at work, not only that it chuffing STINKS!
As for standing in the local elections, thanks for your kind words but unfortunately I have MORALS unlike the people that purport to represent us have.

Reply Posted by Sue on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 18:02
All litter makes the environment less attractive and unkempt, I agree with a zero tolerance on litter louts. Dog mess is a huge problem and I agree fines should be high, £200 might stop the offenders. An elderly dog walker near me NEVER picks up after his dog. He's actually been fined once but carries on as before. If the warden would like to monitor Lundhill Road and playing field they'll make a killing. Quite right too.

Reply Posted by Grieved home owner on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 19:02
Barnsley council want to think about using these fines and putting bins around or next to bus stops! This then mite prevent my garden or fence being used for litter purposes!!
If only I had £75 for each piece of litter I picked up from around my property cos the council surely don't move it!
The bin provided on the opposite side of the road for the shop is rarely emptied!
Good old Barnsley Council eh

Reply Posted by Naughtynorman on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 19:13
Litter is litter regardless of level. What Barnsley council are doing currently is a good starting point. They should have the fortitude to then roll the enforcement out to other areas which you have commented on. Sadly I doubt they will. So litterers of Barnsley beware, if you don't litter you have nothing to fear. Disgusting habit anyway. Perhaps Mr Stephenson should have invested his time,effort and money trying to kick his disgusting habit!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Thursday July 21 2016 at 18:53
i wholeheartedly agree with naughty normskis prose however what about a good thrashing for the litter louts, after all they will benefit in the long run , its for their own good i say.

Reply Posted by Mandy on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 19:14
I just hope all the fine payments go towards extra litter bins, ashtrays etc, I myself was fined for stubbing a cigarette out on top of the post office box outside the interchange, I did ask the officer where else should I deposit my stub and was advised to use the bins inside the interchange, yet it states clearly no smoking allowed beyond this point, I admit it was a mistake it was a post office box but it already had numerous cig buts there and no ashtrays or litter bins present but lesson learned,
Afterwards I did watch the officer stand and wait for his next target and one bigger than average guy did follow my wrong doing, the officer did overlook this but then challenge the next elderly lady and did produce her with a on the spot fine, my point is at least supply ashtrays, litter bins or even a sign stating "no butts here", and remove the butt ends that we have already been fined for so to not make it look like a ashtray,
And if u gonna fine one, fine us all, not just the people of Barnsley that are easy targets but get some balls and challenge the big boys too.

Reply Posted by Steven James on Thursday July 21 2016 at 08:27
Don't be silly Mandy, the money goes directly into BMBC coffers for them to squander on ill fated vanity projects that no one asks for nor wants.

Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday July 21 2016 at 09:55
Only a proportion goes to BMBC, most of it goes to the private corporation that enforces the litter fines.

The fines cannot be paid in cash, and appear to be illegal under English law for this reason.

Reply Posted by Steven James on Thursday July 21 2016 at 16:51
Of course Tom, I was being sarcastic as per.

Reply Posted by MrMe on Friday July 22 2016 at 13:44
That christmas booze up aint gonna pay for itself lol

Reply Posted by Dave G on Tuesday July 26 2016 at 10:10
And your evidence is ?

Reply Posted by Liz on Wednesday July 20 2016 at 23:39
Noticed a comment about horse poo, well is biodegradable chuck not like dog poo

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Thursday July 21 2016 at 12:47
so you would be happy to scrub this form of excrement off your carpet then ??.
lol . The reaper thinks not !

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Thursday July 21 2016 at 16:00
Get a lot of horses on carpets do you? Who is sh**ing on carpets btw?

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Thursday July 21 2016 at 18:57
There are indeed a posse of riders in their tightpants looking for a good ride whom pass nearby , their mounts seem to enjoy a good hot steaming dump on the public highway and just trot away smiling, i swear!

Reply Posted by Gavelar on Thursday July 21 2016 at 22:42
So at what point are they on your carpet? Horse apples are harmless to humans

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Friday July 22 2016 at 14:11
Thou seeketh far too much information Gavelar, there are certain topics only fit for consenting adults , to share this delicate matter any further would lead to possible riots within the equine lovers community . The tight britches brigade would revolt .

Reply Posted by Mick From Tarn on Saturday July 23 2016 at 17:30
If the council were not just doing this to make money then why not stop giving out fines to people who cant afford it and change it to say litter picking in the street where the offence took place?....They won't do that because they are using it as an income to fund the bigwigs bonuses!! They are just like ALL goverment figures #selfishtealeaves

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Saturday July 23 2016 at 19:34
Good suggestion from Mick , however it would have to be a period of several weeks i suggest to ensure the punishment is a good deterrent .Dare i suggest a few lashes with the cat o nine tails too would be good , or even a couple of tab end burns !

Reply Posted by Naughtynorman on Sunday July 24 2016 at 08:06
Here here reaper !!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Mr Wainwright on Sunday July 24 2016 at 11:47
I see more litter done outside my house than I do on the Streets. I wish these para military style uniformed enforcement officers would spend an hour or two on my estate. I am sick of picking bottles and cans off the road.

Reply Posted by LA on Sunday July 24 2016 at 13:03
Lol they tried getting me with a fine ones told them where to stick it and walked off there nothing they can do just walk away give them no information simple as that really

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Monday July 25 2016 at 07:51
So you are obviously one of Barnsleys finest then LA ? , well done i trust you feel proud of your actions. People of your ilk make me proud to be British ! . Thrashings and the birch spring to mind .

Reply Posted by marc on Sunday July 24 2016 at 15:45
how come there only there till bout 4pm???? its stupid u should see all the rubbish dropped after that time !! i see half the stupid enforcemnt officers in town and there always sat in the cafe!!!! why dks it need 6 of them as well.instead of charging people who drop butts charge the street drinkers and drug users causing mayhem and arguing everyday outside peel street toilets and the banks.people dont wanna come to town with them drunk everywhere swearing there heads off. ! i dont smoke but its a bit expensive that for dropping a butt or bit of rubbish. get rid of the proper rubbish that loiter outside the banks!!

Reply Posted by jackie on Sunday July 24 2016 at 17:04
my daughter had to pay £75 dropping cig end, who had to pay me cos shes no money at collegex

Reply Posted by Naughtynorman on Monday July 25 2016 at 19:43
Jackie
Your daughter is allowed to work whilst at college, then she can pay her own fines for littering!!!!!!!!!!
Or she could stop leaving a trail of tab ends in her wake and save you both money!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by thegrimreaper on Monday July 25 2016 at 21:35
I need a pair of new tyres for my significant others motor car , just wondering if you can bail me out please Jackie ? . That would be nice .
ps. It seems a good thrashing for your littering daughter may be in order .

Reply Posted by Comrade on Thursday August 4 2016 at 00:16
In Wombwell these South Area patrols with Chest Cams are always looking for cig droppers, I admit they did me within 10 metres of my home, I own my house, neighbours are DSS tenants which have front yards I have kept maintained for years when they were empty. The butt end was on the garden not pavement or road, I told the officer I did this but he was not interested, I told him about the pigeon 5hite all over Wombwell why don't they invest in an air rifle! I paid up as no one has won a case for a cig butt yet. I see them on the car parks at the railway station using bays for rail travellers only, eating bacon sarnies and drinking coffee, whilst secretly filming despite they should not be on there. They sit parked up on main roads filming people supporting the local shops whilst they count up their totals. When I walk down the high street after the market has been on, I see coat hangers, cardboard boxes, fruit and veg strewn across the pavement, yet I would guarantee they are told to leave the traders alone as they pay for a pitch so the locals will have to put up with full bins and hopefully they will contribute more towards the council which will squander it on a water feature rather than the things that matter. Funnily enough not many patrols after 1600h which is probably the main littering time.