Council 'investigate' £400 fine dished out to couple for chucking away envelope

Deborah and Ian Day were mortified to receive two £200 fines for throwing an envelope into a public bin in Dividy Road, Bentilee.
These are the separate letters from Stoke City Council addressed to both Deborah and Ian on May 1 2024.
-Credit: (Image: Deborah Day)


Council officials are 'investigating' a £400 fine dished out to a couple after one of them put an envelope in a public bin. Bentilee couple Ian and Deborah Day were left stunned to be slapped with £200 individual fines over the 'littering'.

Now Stoke-on-Trent City Council has said it is investigating the case. Meanwhile Deborah, of Dividy Road, says her husband has ended up paying up due to the stress it had been causing.

But the 47-year-old hairdresser has thanked StokeonTrentLive for putting the issue in the spotlight. As reported Deborah was on her way to work when she put the envelope in the public bin on her street.

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But local authority investigators had said it breaches sections 87 and 88 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and constitutes it as an offence of littering because household waste cannot be put in a public bin. Deborah previously told StokeonTrentLive: "I have received a letter from the council with a fine of £200 and my husband has received one too because apparently we’re both to blame. It is for an empty envelope inside a bin and the council has even attached a photo of the envelope which had my address on it in their letter.

“I was so distraught. I wasn't well anyway because I had Covid and I thought ‘what the hell is this’? We have a lot of homeless people emptying bins and leaving rubbish around - it's ridiculous - I go to work and I pay my taxes."

Deborah and Ian Day were mortified to receive two £200 fines for throwing an envelope into a public bin in Dividy Road, Bentilee
Deborah and Ian Day were mortified to receive two £200 fines for throwing an envelope into a public bin in Dividy Road, Bentilee -Credit:Deborah Day

Deborah had branded the fine as 'laughable' - and said the council should focus on those leaving old sofas on the city streets. After being approached by StokeonTrentLive the council has said it's looking into the matter.

A spokesperson said: “This case is currently under investigation with our Environmental Crime Team and we are unable to comment further at this time.”

Deborah is glad the issue has been put in the spotlight. She said: "Thank you so much for bringing this to light, not just for me, but for other people too. My husband has paid the fine due to the stress it was causing me.

"We can only hope that we'll be refunded but the council gave us no other choice but to pay it."

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