Litter louts hit in the pocket as city cracks down

22 people have been dealt with by the courts for littering the streets of Newcastle.
22 people have been dealt with by the courts for littering the streets of Newcastle.
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Litter louts have been hit in the pocket as part of a council’s ‘Keep It Clean’ crackdown.

A total of 22 people were prosecuted at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court last week for littering offences brought against them by Newcastle City Council.

They received fines ranging from £200 to £600, with additional costs also being added to the final amounts which will have to be paid each offender.

These cases were proved in the defendants’ absence, with each fined £200, plus £82.50 legal costs and a £20 victim surcharge:

• Ruslans Cicis, 29, of Hugh Gardens, Benwell

• harlene Reed Davison, 28, of Rutland Square, Chester-le-Street

• Gheorghita Gotu, 32, of Colston Street, Benwell

• Tina Ann Lister, 43, of Brennen Street, North Shields

• Ionut-Ninel Lungu, 28, of Condercum Road, Benwell

• Thomas Anthony McGonnell, 24, of Halton Road, Lancaster

• Karl Watson, 29, of Arnold Street, Boldon Colliery

The following 10 cases were also proved in the defendants’ absence, with each fined £200 fine, plus £82.50 legal costs, a £20 victim surcharge and £150 court charge:

• Angela Carruthers, 59, of Millfield, Seaton Sluice

• Kelly-Ann Dolman, 39, of Pennywell Road, Sunderland

• Maria Havlatova, 58, of Macdonald Road, Benwell

• William Hugill, 59, of Fortrose Avenue, Sunderland

• Shirley Hunter, 50, of Harle Close, West Denton

• Christine Key, 47, of Bywell Road, Ashington

• Waqas Nasar, 26, of Church Street, Sunderland

• Melissa Jennifer Puckett, 21, of Queens Terrace, Jesmond

• Soila Sonya Rad, 35, of Sycamore Avenue, South Shields

• Aimie Elizabeth Ridley, 26, of Dewhurst Terrace, Sunniside

Kobir Ahmed, 28, of Prince Consort Road, Gateshead , had his case proved in his absence. He was fined £400 for smoking in a smoke-free place, with no separate penalty for littering, but ordered to pay legal costs of £110, a £40 victim surcharge and £150 court charge.

Maria Ondova, 43, of Hugh Gardens, Benwell, whose was heard in her absence, was also fined £400, plus £151.90 legal costs, a £40 victim surcharge and £25 compensation.

Lucie Mestanova, 26, and Jiri Mestan, 29, both of Ethel Street, Benwell, also had their cases proved in their absence.

Magistrates imposed a Band C fine of £600 each, £110 legal costs, £60 victim surcharge and compensation of £20 in respect of Mestanova and £25 on Mestan, and a £150 court charge.

John Henderson, 51, of Warkworth Street, Lemington, was fined £400, plus a £40 victim surcharge and £82.50 legal costs. The case was again heard in his absence.

The littering enforcement activities are part of the city council’s ‘Keep it Clean’ campaign.

It is aimed at encouraging behavioural change among people who litter, fly-tip and don’t pick up after their pets.

It is hoped this campaign will help to stamp out a problem that has a knock-on effect across the city.

More than 60 community groups and organisations in Newcastle have committed to doing their own activities to keep their neighbourhoods clean and tidy.

Coun Nick Kemp, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and regulatory services for Newcastle City Council, said: “We welcome these successful convictions, as it sends out a clear message - that we won’t tolerate any anti-social would-be littering offenders, as the council is serious about keeping the streets of Newcastle clean and tidy.

“It also reaffirms our position that we will go through with our promise to prosecute those people who don’t pay the on-the-spot-penalty fines.”