A man has been fined nearly £500 after he was caught dropping rubbish in East Northamptonshire.
A resident witnessed and caught on video Irthlingborough’s Jason Hornby dropping litter from a fast food takeaway near the Needle & Awl pub (between Higham Ferrers and Rushden) on October 3 last year.
East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) issued Mr Hornby with a £75 fixed penalty notice for littering, but he did not pay so the matter was put before Northampton Magistrates on April 5.
Mr Hornby was found guilty of littering and was ordered to pay a total of £495, which includes a £75 fine, £20 victim surcharge and £400 legal costs.
ENC’s waste manager Charlotte Tompkins said: “The roads and streets of the county are strewn with rubbish and it costs residents hundreds of thousands of pounds to remove it.
“No-one wants to see our countryside in this state and this council operates a zero tolerance policy for anyone found to be littering in the district.
“We’re very grateful to our witness for coming forward with a report and evidence of Mr Hornby littering.
“This case is a great example of how we can all work together to show it’s not acceptable to throw rubbish, and make sure the minority are punished.”
Anyone can report an incident by contacting ENC’s waste management team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01832 742026.
For more information about the council’s waste service, go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/waste.