July 6, 2022

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Driver 'caught' flicking cigarette out of window slams council for 'hefty' £100 positive

Caroline Dawson, from Grimsby, was driving her aged mother and father’ automotive on March 21, when she threw a cigarette butt out of the window. A number of days later, her mother and father obtained a type by the submit asking who had been driving the automotive and who was insured to drive it.

Caroline maintained that she has all the time been a law-abiding citizen who has by no means littered.

She claims the positive is an excessive amount of for one thing so “petty”, and that the council must be specializing in different areas like fly-tipping and litter on her property.

She stated she didn’t know there have been cameras and should have been somebody behind her “doing surveillance”.

Caroline added: “[My parents] do not smoke, and I do not often smoke of their automotive, however I had the one. 

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Caroline stated it was her “unhealthy luck” that she was fined, saying there are different, extra urgent points that must be handled.

She continued, saying: “What angers me is that I dwell on the Nunsthorpe [estate], my associate lives on the Nunsthorpe, and there is so many different points there.

“It does appear relatively petty to get such a hefty positive.

“Contemplating the state of numerous streets and areas, not simply the Nunsthorpe, the fly-tipping that goes on, I am certain folks do a hell of rather a lot worse and do not get caught, or it is not pursued,” she advised Grimsby Stay.

She stated if her offence was identified on the time, the positive would have solely been round £20 or £30, calling her £100 positive “hefty”.

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She admits it was a “spur of the second factor”, however reaffirmed her anger at different offences going down, that she claims “goes undetected”.

Caroline added: “Whereas I agree with the deterrent, it is relatively extreme when there are such a lot of different points that are not being handled.”

A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson stated: “Littering is an delinquent and felony act and won’t be tolerated. With 979 litter bins in handy places across the borough, you’re by no means removed from a bin.

“There may be completely no excuse to drop litter, together with cigarettes, wherever in North East Lincolnshire and you need to guarantee your cigarette is absolutely extinguished earlier than disposing of it.

“Individuals who drop litter make the place look ugly and it’s left for others to scrub up after them.

“Enforcement officers routinely patrol the borough and anybody caught littering faces a £150 positive.”

Specific.co.uk has contacted the council for an extra remark.