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Huge fine for man who was caught littering in Coalville

He was taken to court when he didn't pay the fixed penalty notice.

Throwing a cigarette butt from a car window has cost a 33-year-old more than £500.

Roman Makula was caught by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) discarding a used cigarette butt from a car on London Road in Coalville on 21 June 2021.

He refused to pay the £150 fixed penalty notice so NWLDC took the matter to court where he pleaded guilty and Magistrates issued the increased fine and court costs.

The £532 will be paid in £50 instalments.

Councillor Andrew Woodman, NWLDC portfolio holder for Community Services, said: “This prosecution demonstrates our commitment to cracking down on littering, regardless of what it is, in our district.

“Court action is always a last resort, but let this be a warning to those who think they do not need to pay fixed penalty notices. This is a lot of money to pay instead of correctly disposing of litter.”

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