Two hauled to court for throwing litter from their cars
A CRACKDOWN on litterbugs has seen two Swansea residents appear in court for throwing litter from their cars.
The pair were brought before city magistrates and fined for the offences.
Rebecca Perry from Carmarthen Road was fined £75 and ordered to pay costs of £25 after failing to pay a fixed penalty notice (FPN) previously issued by Swansea Council's litter enforcement team.
A litter enforcement officer saw her throwing a cigarette end from a car window while stopped at traffic lights in the city.
Gareth Bowen from Leucarum Court, Loughor, also failed to pay a fixed penalty notice and was fined £400, ordered to pay £199 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.
He was originally served with the FPN after being seen throwing a food wrapper from his car. The witness reported the act to the council who issued Mr Bowen with the penalty notice.
Both pleaded guilty to the offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The prosecutions took place the same week that two other Swansea residents pleaded guilty to fly tipping offences.
Swansea Council says it will continue its crackdown on litter bugs and people who fly tip waste materials.
June Burtonshaw, cabinet member for place said: "Motorists may think it's ok to throw litter from the window of their car.
"Hopefully these two latest incidents will make other motorists think twice and instead take their rubbish home with them.
"The council is cleaning up the city and we want residents and visitors to help us by using litter bins that are provided."
A new litter and dog fouling campaign is set to start later this month when the council introduces a private team of litter enforcement officers.
Mrs Burtonshaw added: "The extra enforcement we will have on the streets will mean those people who throw litter on the ground are less likely to get away with it."