Heavy price to pay after litter drop

Banbury Magistrates Court House
Banbury Magistrates Court House

A smoker who threw litter onto a pavement despite being less than seven metres from a rubbish bin has been fined £200.

Michael Mayhew, 36, of Woodgreen Avenue in Banbury, was found guilty in his absence at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on February 25 of one charge of depositing litter.

He was also ordered to pay £100 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

The court heard that on the afternoon of November 6 last year, two Cherwell District Council employees saw Mayhew drop litter from a cigarette packet while stood in Banbury High Street.

Despite being just a short distance from a rubbish bin, he failed to pick the rubbish up from the pavement and walked away. He was then confronted by the two council officers.

Mayhew admitted the offence to the officers and was given a fixed penalty notice of £75, which he failed to pay within the 14-day period.

On November 22, a final reminder was hand delivered to Mayhew’s address and on December 2 a summons was issued as Mayhew had failed to make any attempt to pay the fine.

Councillor Nigel Morris, lead member for clean and green, said: “There is never any excuse for littering, but in this case what is even more aggravating is the fact Mr Mayhew was stood just a few steps away from the nearest bin.

“By choosing to ignore it and simply throw rubbish on the floor shows a blatant disregard for the environment and the law.

“Mr Mayhew’s actions have proved to be a costly mistake and as well as the £320 he must pay, he will also have a criminal record.

“This goes to show our officers can be anywhere at any time and they will enforce the law as and when it is necessary.”