No hiding place for fine dodgers
The first batch of littering fixed penalty fine dodgers have been firmly dealt with by the courts.
Six who failed to pay their £75 fines for littering, spitting in the street and failing to clean up after a dog were all fined and each was ordered to pay costs.
Five were dealt with in their absence and the cases against them found proved.
Sebastian Sieinski, of 8 Red Lion Street, Boston, had two fixed penalties - one for dropping a cigarette and then a second for spitting at the same time. The court convicted him of failing to pay his fixed penalty fine on both and imposed a fine of £220 for each offence plus a victim surcharge of £30 for each offence plus costs of £252 - a total of £752.
The others, who had failed to pay fixed penalties for littering and were fined £220, and ordered to pay £252 costs plus a £30 victim surcharge. That's a massive £502 each simply for ignoring a litter bin or not taking waste home responsibly: Sebastian Mocny, of 85 High Street, Boston, Robert Panaite, of 71 Skirbeck Roadm Boston, Abbie Watson, of 6 Ingelow Avenue, Boston, and Mihai Vrabie, of 43 Pulvertoft Lane, Boston.
Lukas Vainorius, of 4 Albion Terrace, Boston, pleaded guilty to failing to pay his fixed penalty for failing to clean up after a dog and was fined £40 and ordered to pay £252 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Cllr David Brown, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for waste services, said: "This sends a clear message to all those who deliberately litter. It will not be tolerated, people should not think it is acceptable to keep littering our streets, and offenders should not think they can then ignore the fixed penalty. As can be seen here, that can cost them even more. If you litter and are caught, pay the fixed penalty - it's cheaper than trying to dodge it and ending up in court where it will cost a lot more and leave them with a criminal record. Most people do not deliberately litter or foul the streets and act responsibly, and it is on their behalf that we take action against those who behave in such an anti-social way."