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Operation Clean-Up prosecution

Published: 21/07/2014

Flintshire County Council has successfully prosecuted another unpaid fixed penalty notice (FPN) for littering. Operation Clean-Up, the Council’s scheme to clean up the environment carried out a prosecution against Miss Shelley Huntstone of Bromfield Park in Mold. The littering offence was dropping a cigarette butt committed on 29 April on Clayton Road in Mold. Miss Hunstone failed to pay the £75 fixed penalty notice within 14 days and was prosecuted at Wrexham Magistrates Court and fined £210. When hit with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for dog fouling, littering or graffiti, paying the fine as soon as possible can reduce the amount. A standard FPN carries a fine of £75 but this is reduced to £50 if paid within seven days. Problems occur when the fine remains unpaid. Flintshire County Council takes the case to prosecution and once it is passed to the Courts the Council has no control over the level of fine if the prosecution is successful. Councillor Kevin Jones, Cabinet Member for Waste Strategy, Public Protection and Leisure said: “Operation Clean-Up is designed to send out a strong message to the minority of people who still persist in littering the streets of Flintshire. “The scheme is about residents being able to enjoy clean roads and public places and Council will not tolerate littering, dog fouling, fly-tipping or graffiti. If people don’t pay the initial fines the Council will prosecute.” Residents can report incidents of dog fouling, littering, fly tipping and graffiti by contacting 01352 701234. Please quote times, places and names if possible.