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South Woodford smoker fined £600 for throwing her cigarette out of a car window in Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 18:30 06 July 2017

A woman has been forced to pay more than £600 after failing to pay a £75 littering fine to Barking and Dagenham Council

A woman has been forced to pay more than £600 after failing to pay a £75 littering fine to Barking and Dagenham Council

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A driver from South Woodford who threw a cigarette stub in the street has been ordered to pay more than £600 after failing to pay a £75 fine.

Geraldine Gibson, 55, of Hermitage Walk, dropped the stub out of her car window at the corner between Renwick Road and the A13 in Dagenham on June 29 but failed to pay a fine issued by the council.

Gibson was ordered to pay £630 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in what cabinet member for enforcement and community safety Councillor Laila Butt said should be a lesson for “assorted enviro criminals” and “litter louts”.

“Cigarette stubs are as much rubbish as a can or street wrapper, Over 60 per cent of street litter in the borough is made up by cigarettes.

“If you get caught throwing them on our streets you will pay dearly for it.”

Gibson admitted littering and was given a £100 fine, £500 in court costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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