Hull residents handed fines totalling nearly £9,000 for littering

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A number of Hull residents have been fined a total of almost £9,000 for littering offences around the city.

Hull City Council is continuing to warn people in the area to dispose of litter responsibly to avoid a potentially substantial fine or prosecution. It comes after 19 residents who failed to pay fines issued by the council were convicted in Hull Magistrates' Court in April after littering in Beverley Road, Plane Street, Chapel Street, Cave Street, Manner Street, St Georges Road, South Street, Bond Street, Jameson Street, Carr Lane, Whitefriargate, Hessle Road, Anlaby Road, Albion Street, Holderness Road, and Freetown Way.

They were all left with a criminal record and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling a combined £8,892. Councillor Charles Quinn, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Hull City Council, said: "The vast majority of residents in Hull take great care of our city and take their litter home or dispose of it responsibly. However, unfortunately, there are still some individuals who think it's acceptable to throw down litter and make the city look unsightly.

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“At Hull City Council we want to make it absolutely clear that littering will not be tolerated. We urge residents to always dispose of waste responsibly and in accordance with the law, to avoid being fined or prosecuted.”

According to Keep Britain Tidy, more than two million pieces of litter are dropped in the UK every day, resulting in an estimated street cleaning cost to taxpayers of more than £1 billion a year.

Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, makes it an offence for any person to throw down, drop or otherwise deposit and leave litter. Anyone seen littering faces receiving a £150 fine.

If the fine is not paid, the case is passed on to the council’s legal team and the courts for prosecution. This could result in a criminal record and a maximum fine of £2,500.

To report people responsible for littering (this includes littering from vehicles or businesses), visit Littering | Hull, or call, 01482 300 300.

Anyone issued with a fine for littering is urged to pay it to avoid prosecution. To pay a fine contact the council’s enforcement contractor LA Support Limited by visiting Hull (fpnpayment.com), or calling 0800 781 6229.