Prosecuted for dropping cigarette litter

Published Thursday, 16 March 2017

A taxi driver has been prosecuted for dropping cigarette litter near Bromley South Station.

Paul Coates of Deacons Leas, Orpington was found guilty of littering at Bromley Magistrates’ Court and was ordered to pay a total of £580. He was fined £250 plus £30 surcharge and ordered to pay £300 towards costs. 

“It costs Bromley tax-payers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to keep the borough clean and individuals thoughtlessly throwing rubbish away in the street for others to clean up – however small that rubbish may be - need to stop and consider that fact. Fixed Penalty Notices for littering are set to intensify and are intended to serve as an expensive warning that this sort of behaviour simply isn’t acceptable in our Borough” said Councillor Colin Smith, Executive for Environment. 

Uniformed enforcement officers were patrolling the Bromley South area in June last year, when they witnessed a man throw a cigarette end onto the pavement in Elmfield Road. An enforcement officer with bodycam video recorded the scene as they approached the man asking to speak to him. He declined and walked over to a black taxi cab, got in and drove away. 

The vehicle registration plate was traced and the individual identified as Paul Coates. A Fixed Penalty Notice was issued for littering offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and posted to him. Despite reminder letters, the £80 FPN was not paid and court proceedings commenced. 

To help maintain clean and safe neighbourhoods, the council operates a zero tolerance policy on litter. A FPN can be issued to anyone dropping litter including cigarette ends, chewing gum, drinks cans, fast food packaging or any other rubbish. Littering offenders may be issued with an £80 FPN which must be paid within 14 days. Failure to pay could result in prosecution and if convicted, offenders could face a penalty of up to £2,500. 


Notes to editors:

  • The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 24 February 2017. 
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