Chorley woman fined £150 for throwing cigarette butt from car window

A woman who threw a cigarette butt out of a car window while stopped at traffic lights in Chorley has been landed with a £150 bill.

Emma Grady, 25, of Shakespeare Terrace, Chorley, was found guilty at South Ribble Magistrates’ Court after failing to pay a fixed penalty notice in a prosecution brought by Chorley Council.

The court heard that Grady was stopped at traffic lights in the town centre when a police community support officer on patrol saw Grady take a cigarette butt from her mouth and throw it out of the window.

Magistrates were told that Grady was issued with a fixed penalty notice and was sent two reminders by the council to which there had been no reply.

Councillor Terry Brown, who oversees environmental crime at Chorley Council, said: “A lot of effort goes into keeping the streets clean and it’s disappointing to see that someone thinks it is fine to flick a cigarette butt out of a car window.”

He added: “If you do smoke in your car please use an ashtray and dispose of the rubbish properly.”

Magistrates handed Grady a £35 fine and ordered her to pay £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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6:27pm Tue 9 Oct 12

Bacupbloke says...

Well said Councillor Brown. The streets and pavements of local towns are covered in fag ends. A fine of £35 is small fry. Some councils have a fixed penalty in the spot-fine of £80 and no court costs. Such fines cut the costs of street cleaning.
Well said Councillor Brown. The streets and pavements of local towns are covered in fag ends. A fine of £35 is small fry. Some councils have a fixed penalty in the spot-fine of £80 and no court costs. Such fines cut the costs of street cleaning. Bacupbloke
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9:15am Wed 10 Oct 12

chas says...

New cars no longer have ash trays as standard fit. Car producers should be forced to install them in all cars. Ash trays can be used for a number of purposes.
New cars no longer have ash trays as standard fit. Car producers should be forced to install them in all cars. Ash trays can be used for a number of purposes. chas
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