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Chilling fine for Clayton Brook litter bug
6:00am Monday 16th December 2013 in News
A Clayton Brook man who dropped the wrapper of an ice-cream he had just bought has been landed with a £420 bill.
Chris Hogg, 32, of Daisy Meadow, was found guilty in his absence of dropping litter by Chorley magistrates after failing to turn up for court.
In a prosecution brought by Chorley Council, the court was told that one of two PCSOs on foot patrol near Daisy Meadow on July 31 saw the defendant drop a wrapper on the road as he emerged from an alleyway leading from Preston Road.
He denied it was his litter but said he had just bought some ice-creams and chocolate from the Esso Garage on Preston Road.
The wrapper was from an ice-cream bar and the assistant at the garage confirmed she had just sold one which would have been recorded on CCTV.
The PCSOs then went to the defendant’s home and issued him with a fixed penalty notice for littering which he threw on the floor at his front door.
He failed to pay the notice despite being reminded by the council on two separate occasions.
Hogg was fined £200 and ordered to pay £200 costs plus a £20 victim surcharge.
Coun Adrian Lowe, who oversees street cleaning for Chorley Council, said: “Litter dropped on the ground makes the place look a mess and it is one of the things that the majority of our residents feel very strongly about.
“This was a totally unnecessary action by Mr Hogg as he could have disposed of the wrapper at his home which was nearby, and it’s resulted in him now having to pay a huge bill.”