Litter louts fined £63,500

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ONE litter lout a day is hit with a fine for blighting Sunderland’s streets with their rubbish.

Figures obtained by the Echo reveal that thoughtless Wearsiders have been fined £63,500 since March 2009 for dumping their waste.

In total, 237 people were fined £37,811 for fly-tipping across the city and a further 514 people were fined for throwing their litter on the streets.

Council bosses today pledged to continue to wage their war against the litter bugs who plague the city and said they will take tough action against those caught.

Les Clark, head of street scene city services, said: “Fly-tipping and littering are offences which we take very seriously.

“The irresponsible actions of some individuals can have a major impact on the quality of life in our communities.

“We work hard to remind everybody of their responsibilities, but will take legal action where our advice or warnings are ignored.

“Prosecutions brought to court can result in heavy fines or even imprisonment.”

Two thoughtless litter bugs are among those hit with fines after appearing before Sunderland magistrates for littering.

Ashleigh Hunter was fined after twice dumping rubbish near her house.

Council officers on routine patrols discovered three heaps of rubbish near the 23-year-old’s Pallion home in October.

Hunter told them she left the waste in the back lane of Percival Street after dumping it there after the usual wheelie bin collection.

She accepted a £75 fixed-penalty notice. However, just a few days later, officers patrolling the area came across four bags of rubbish in the same spot.

She was fined £175 for each offence and ordered to pay court costs of £120 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Litterbug Heidi Watson was also fined £175 after dumping bags of rubbish behind her home in Millfield.

Council officers discovered the torn plastic bags of household waste and cardboard during routine patrols in October.

Watson, 20, of Offerton Street, admitted the four bags of rubbish were hers and was slapped with a £75 fixed-penalty notice.

She failed to pay up and was taken to court.

To report fly-tipping, contact the council on 520 5555.