Litterbugs to pay the cost of their laziness

LITTER: Coun Adrian Lowe
LITTER: Coun Adrian Lowe
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Five litterbugs have found themselves out of pocket after a string of prosecutions by Chorley Council.

Stephen Woods, 48, of Woodfield, Clayton Brook, was found guilty in his absence of dropping a cigarette in Clayton Brook and must pay a £200 fine, £100 costs and £20 surcharge.

Robert Smith, 44, of The Cloisters, Tarleton, pleaded guilty to dropping a cigarette near Chorley train Station and must pay a £75 fine, £25 costs and £20 surcharge.

It came after two other men, who were each seen to drop litter in Chorley and make no attempt to pick it up, were fined.

Gary Greenhalgh, 26, of Mill Lane, Coppull, and Nicholas Livesey, 48, of Blackburn Road, Blackburn, were found guilty in their absence after failing to appear at Chorley Magistrates Court.

Magistrates were told Greenhalgh threw a small white paper bag on the ground, while Livesey had thrown a plastic can tie.

Both were fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £381.22 and a £20 surcharge.

Weeks earlier Joseph Morrison, 26, of Eaves Lane, was left with a bill of more than £700 after being found guilty of dropping a cigarette butt.

Coun Adrian Lowe, who is responsible for tackling litter, said it was a big concern to residents, adding: “We work hard to keep our streets litter free and we need everyone to do their bit and place litter and cigarette butts in a bin.

“We will continue to take a tough stance against anyone who does not dispose of their litter or cigarette butts correctly.”