Tamworth man fined after failing to co-operate in littering case

Friday, 25th January 2019

A TAMWORTH resident who failed to respond to requests for information after a passenger in his vehicle allegedly threw litter out the window has been prosecuted and fined almost £1,500.

Luke Westwood of Ivatt, Glascote Heath, was found guilty of failing to attend a compulsory interview at Marmion House, which is an offence under Section 108 of the Environment Act 1995.

Original investigations began after a member of the public reported witnessing a passenger in a vehicle belonging to Mr Westwood throwing litter out of the window onto the A5 bypass slip road heading on to Marlborough Way.

Several letters were then sent to Mr Westwood asking him for the details of his passenger – all of which were ignored. Mr Westwood was then requested to attend a compulsory interview at Marmion House under Section 108 of the Environment Act 1995, which he failed to attend.

As failing to attend the compulsory interview is an offence, court proceedings were instigated by Tamworth Borough Council. Mr Westwood was found guilty at a hearing at Cannock Magistrates’ Court last week, and was ordered to pay a £660 fine, £66 victim surcharge and £750 costs, within 28 days.

Cllr John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Operational Services, said: “Every year, this council spends almost £1million cleaning up street litter and as such we take offences of littering very seriously and will robustly investigate any reports.

“Littering results in an £80 fine (payable within 14 days) which can be reduced to £50 if paid within seven days. In this case, although not accused of littering himself, Mr Westwood ignored our requests for information and failed to attend a compulsory interview, which is an offence in itself. This has now led to him being prosecuted and fined.”