Court fines Ipswich woman for flinging dog-end out of her car
PUBLISHED: 16:11 20 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 20 June 2017
A woman has been ordered to pay £200 by Ipswich magistrates after hurling a dog-end out of the window of her car on outskirts of the town centre.
Rebecca Snape, of Sandpiper Road, Ipswich, failed to turn up at South East Suffolk Court to contest the Ipswich Borough Council prosecution.
She was summonsed to appear after failing to pay an £80 fixed penalty notice (FPN) and ignoring two reminder letters.
Prosecutor Mandy Ford said an assistant waste management officer for Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council had been in Fore Street, Ipswich, at around 11.30am on November 26 last year.
He saw a female driving a black people carrier-type vehicle discard a cigarette butt.
The officer took a note of the vehicle’s registration and subsequently passed it on to the environmental health team at the borough council which discovered Snape was the owner of the car.
On November 30 an £80 FPN was sent to her home, giving her 14 days to pay.
She failed to do so and two further reminders were sent but the FPN remained unpaid.
Magistrates found the matter proven in Snape’s absence and fined her £80 with £120 costs.
After the hearing an IBC spokesman said: “We do take these cases very seriously and we strongly advise that people who are caught littering do pay the fixed penalty notice. Otherwise, as in this case, they can end up in court and paying a lot more.”
The prosecution was the third in three years by the borough council.
In April last year another motorist was ordered to pay £370 for throwing a cigarette from his BMW in West End Road on July 31, 2015, and ignoring an FPN.
The man also did not turn up at town’s magistrates’ court to enter a plea. The matter was proven in his absence.
He was fined £200 and must pay £20 to the victims’ fund. In addition he was ordered to pay costs of £150.
In November 2014, the borough council prosecuted another motorist for the same offence which occurred in Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.
The driver of a Nissan Micra, from Westleton near Saxmundham, was ordered to pay an £80 fine.
In addition they had to pay £20 to the victims’ fund and £20 towards prosecution costs.