Cigarette end litter costs Nelson woman £210

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A woman from Nelson has been ordered to pay £210 for throwing a cigarette end on the floor in Nelson town centre. Beata Kieljan (38), of Henry Street, failed to attend Pennine Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 12th.

The case was proved in her absence and the court imposed a fine of £55 plus £135 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

On September 5th, 2014 a Pendle Council Environmental Crime Officer witnessed Ms Kieljan throw her cigarette end on the floor in Scotland Road, Nelson just metres from a litter bin.

The officer approached Ms Kieljan who willingly gave her details.

She was later issued with a fixed penalty notice – carrying a fine of £75 – but this went unpaid.

As a result, she ended up being summonsed to court.

Coun. David Clegg, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “This is the second successful prosecution we’ve borough for cigarette end litter this year alone. This goes to show that we and the courts take this type of littering as seriously as any other.

“People seem to believe that dropping the odd cigarette end doesn’t matter. But it’s anti-social, unsightly and, importantly, against the law.

“This prosecution should serve as a warning to anyone that they can face a hefty fine, all for failing to do the decent thing and put their rubbish in the bin.”