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Littered cigarette butt

£300 for littered cigarette

A woman has been ordered to pay £300 after she was caught throwing a cigarette butt out of her car while driving along the A3057 near The Mayfly pub in Fullerton.

Caprice Glasspool of Freemantle Road, Romsey, was spotted littering on 27 May by an officer from Test Valley Borough Council. She was later tracked down following a DVLA search. 

The council issued a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice, which she failed to pay within the statutory 14 days, and so TVBC took her to court.

At a hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on 11 October Ms Glasspool was ordered to pay a £150 fine, £60 victim surcharge and £90 costs after pleading guilty by post. 

Portfolio holder for environmental services, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “This individual was spotted littering purely by chance, and no doubt she would have got away with it had the officer not been there to see it happen.

“I would urge people to remember that you never know who is around, and given that it’s the easiest thing in the world to just hold on to your litter and dispose of it when you get home, it really isn’t worth the risk. And it certainly isn’t worth damaging the environment.”