£400 bills over cigarette ends and dog dirt - does punishment fit the crime?

Dozens of people have been dealt with by magistrates for dropping cigarette ends.

Dozens of people have been dealt with by magistrates for dropping cigarette ends.

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A total of 31 people have been left with a combined bill of nearly £10,500 for offences including littering and failing to clean up dog dirt.

Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager, Durham County Council, said: “Our neighbourhood wardens issue fixed penalty notices to anyone they witness committing littering offences, such as dropping cigarette butts, or failing to pick up after their dogs.

However, when these fixed penalty notices are not paid we will take the culprits to court and prosecute them.

“Our communities tell us on a regular basis how concerned they are about these types of offences and, along with our continued educational work, the number of prosecutions here demonstrates our commitment to tackling these issues.”

Durham County Council prosecuted the following people at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court yesterday:

* Gary Buckle, 43, of Bradbury Close, Tanfield Lea, was found guilty in his absence after he was seen urinating in public. He was handed a £100 fine, a £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Stephen Graham Burns, 26, of Gilesgate, Durham, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £100 fine, a £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Diane Carr, 44, of John Street, No Place, admitted dropping a cigarette butt and was handed an £80 fine, a £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £65 costs.

* Toby Coleman, 24, of Hedworth Street, Chester-le-Street, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* John James Connelly, 57, of Kempton Avenue, Sale, Cheshire, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* William Dobson, 28, of Ennerdale Close, Peterlee, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £130 costs.

* Michelle Dover, 36, of Park Road, Stanley, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Sharon Gardner, 46, of Rennie Street, Ferryhill, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Florance Garthwaite, 77, of Pine View, South Moor, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Amy Lee Giles, 23, of Orwell Gardens, Stanley, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Emma Gold, 42, of First Street, Bradley Bungalows, Leadgate, Consett, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Paula Gray, 43, of Jane Street, Stanley, admitted failing to clean up her dogs’ mess. She was handed a £35 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £65 costs.

* Mary Gray, 52, of Elm Street, South Moor, Stanley, admitted dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £35 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £65 costs.

* Ryan Carr Griffiths, 21, of South Cross Street, Leadgate, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Harry Howell, 42, of St Leonard Street, Sunderland, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Sophia Johnson, 40, of Fair View Terrace, Greencroft, Stanley, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £130 costs.

* Trisha Jones, 41, of Snowdrop Close, Stockton-on-Tees, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Lucille Lyndsey, 45, of Elm Street, South Moor, Stanley, admitted failing to clean up her dog’s mess. She was handed an £80 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Jack Mackay, 19, of Brewery Court, South Burns, Chester-le-Street, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £130 costs.

* Chirica Marinela, 39, of Snaith Terrace, Wingate, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £130 costs.

* Victoria Moore, 30, of Whittonstone Terrace, Chopwell, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £130 costs.

* Emma Norton, 29, of The Avenue, Pelton, Chester-le-Street, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £130 costs.

* Ruth Pallett, 26, of Penshaw Gardens, Stanley, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Joyce Raine, 49, of Caris Street, Gateshead, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Georgia Ridley, 26, of Whinside, Stanley, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* David Patrick Simms, 47, of Great North Road, Chester-le-Street, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Joanne Spink, 35, of Cook Crescent, Murton, was found guilty in her absence of failing to clean up her dog’s mess. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £130 costs.

* David Stobbs, 51, of Chopwell Place, Consett, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £130 costs.

* Philip Thompson, 26, of Denecrest, The Dene, Durham, admitted dropping a cigarette butt. He was handed a £35 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £65 costs.

* Lynne Trelease, 48, of Jane Street, Stanley, was found guilty in her absence of failing to clean up her dog’s mess. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

* Teresa Winrow, 54, of Oakwood, Catchgate, was found guilty in her absence of dropping a cigarette butt. She was handed a £100 fine, £20 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge and £130 costs.

Littering offences can be reported at www.durham.gov.uk/litter or call 03000 261 000.

Dog fouling can be reported at www.durham.gov.uk/dogfouling or call 03000 261 000.