Published: Fri 26 June, 2020
A man that threw fast food packaging out of his car has been instructed to pay more than £800 after the footage was caught on a police officer’s bodycam.
Brendan Evans, 30, of Holly Road, Measham, was driving on Nottingham Road, Ashby on 13 September, 2019, when a police officer saw litter thrown from his moving car.
The officer pulled over Evans to obtain his details which were then passed to the Environmental Protection Team at North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) to follow up.
He was quickly issued a fixed penalty fine of £150 (reduced to £90 if paid within 10 days) but he failed to make payment. Evans continued to ignore all correspondence from NWLDC, so he was taken to court.
Evans’ case was heard in his absence at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 23 June, 2020, and no plea was entered. Magistrates fined Evans £220, ordered him to pay costs of £580.25 and a £32 victim surcharge, totalling £832.25.
Councillor Andrew Woodman, Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “We have a beautiful district here in North West Leicestershire, and we all have a duty to look after it. Littering is lazy, harmful to our environment, an eyesore to us all, and will not be tolerated.
“We take all instances of littering very seriously and are not afraid to pursue cases where fines are not paid. This case has shown that we are serious about littering and that we work closely with partner agencies. Being in a car doesn’t mean you can escape a fine.
"While our enforcement officers do everything they can, our residents are also our eyes and ears and we actively encourage them to report incidents to us along with any evidence they have.”
Members of the public can report any incidents of littering online at www.nwleics.gov.uk/report