Smoker is fined for street litter

The case was heard at Banbury Magistrates’ Court

The case was heard at Banbury Magistrates’ Court

First published in News

A SMOKER has been ordered to pay £320 after throwing rubbish on the ground in front of two council officers.

Michael Mayhew, 36, of Woodgreen Avenue, Banbury, was spotted discarding papers from his cigarette packet on the floor in High Street, Banbury, despite being about seven metres from a bin, according to Cherwell District Council.

He was given an on-the-spot £75 fixed penalty notice last November 6, which he failed to pay.

Banbury Magistrates’ Court found him guilty of depositing litter and fined him £200 in his absence after he failed to turn up at court on February 25.

Mayhew was also told to pay court costs of £100 and a £20 victim surcharge.

Afterwards Cllr Nigel Morris, the council’s lead member for clean and green, said: “There is never any excuse for littering but in this case what is even more aggravating is the fact that Mr Mayhew was standing just a few steps away from the nearest bin.

“Choosing to ignore it and simply throw rubbish on the floor shows a blatant disregard for the environment and the law.

“Mr Mayhew’s actions have proved to be a costly mistake and as well as the £320 he must pay, he will also have a criminal record.

“This goes to show our officers can be anywhere at any time and they will enforce the law as and when necessary.”

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8:02am Tue 4 Mar 14

Myron Blatz says...

Meanwhile, the likes of well known international coffee shops which trade in the County and across the UK don't get fined or put in prison for avoiding the payment of tax, in front of the Government! £millions which should be raised to help pay for the NHS, schools and education, the sick and the elderly not being paid by corporate tax avoiders. Instead, we target the 'real crimms' and people who drop fag-ends and litter! The whole world has gone totally potty!
Meanwhile, the likes of well known international coffee shops which trade in the County and across the UK don't get fined or put in prison for avoiding the payment of tax, in front of the Government! £millions which should be raised to help pay for the NHS, schools and education, the sick and the elderly not being paid by corporate tax avoiders. Instead, we target the 'real crimms' and people who drop fag-ends and litter! The whole world has gone totally potty! Myron Blatz
  • Score: -7

9:22am Tue 4 Mar 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

They do this by employing people who are paid for their ability, intelligence and skills to accurately interpret the legislation developed by people who are voted in based on charisma and bluster or by default through neglect of civic duty to vote.

The legislation is then implemented by people who weren't good enough to work for the private sector.

Smoking is a filthy habit.
They do this by employing people who are paid for their ability, intelligence and skills to accurately interpret the legislation developed by people who are voted in based on charisma and bluster or by default through neglect of civic duty to vote. The legislation is then implemented by people who weren't good enough to work for the private sector. Smoking is a filthy habit. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -7

12:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

King Joke says...

I presume you are including nurses, prison officers, soldiers and teachers as people 'who weren't good enough to work for the private sector'?
I presume you are including nurses, prison officers, soldiers and teachers as people 'who weren't good enough to work for the private sector'? King Joke
  • Score: -3

12:40pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Quentin Walker says...

King Joke wrote:
I presume you are including nurses, prison officers, soldiers and teachers as people 'who weren't good enough to work for the private sector'?
I think you are being unfairly disingenuous, King.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: I presume you are including nurses, prison officers, soldiers and teachers as people 'who weren't good enough to work for the private sector'?[/p][/quote]I think you are being unfairly disingenuous, King. Quentin Walker
  • Score: -3

12:45pm Tue 4 Mar 14

King Joke says...

Well you said that some people 'aren't good enough to work in the private sector' which suggests the public sector employs sub-standard employees. Please explain why you think this is the case.

In this specific case a person broke the law, was reported by some employees, who incidentally work in the public sector, and this person was punished. It appears on this basis that the public sector employees were doing their jobs effectively.
Well you said that some people 'aren't good enough to work in the private sector' which suggests the public sector employs sub-standard employees. Please explain why you think this is the case. In this specific case a person broke the law, was reported by some employees, who incidentally work in the public sector, and this person was punished. It appears on this basis that the public sector employees were doing their jobs effectively. King Joke
  • Score: 6

12:56pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Deadwoodward says...

I personally pick up litter and drink cans/bottles. Litter to a waste bin, bottles and cans in recycle bins. Yet Oxford is full of litter. More heavy fines would reduce the rubbish in the streets.
I personally pick up litter and drink cans/bottles. Litter to a waste bin, bottles and cans in recycle bins. Yet Oxford is full of litter. More heavy fines would reduce the rubbish in the streets. Deadwoodward
  • Score: 10

4:23pm Tue 4 Mar 14

locodogz says...

King Joke wrote:
I presume you are including nurses, prison officers, soldiers and teachers as people 'who weren't good enough to work for the private sector'?
IMHO the comparison was being drawn between highly skilled and paid taxation experts (in private companies) who seem to be winning the battle with the legislators and those in the public sector charged with collecting tax?

Not nurses, teachers, soldiers et al
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: I presume you are including nurses, prison officers, soldiers and teachers as people 'who weren't good enough to work for the private sector'?[/p][/quote]IMHO the comparison was being drawn between highly skilled and paid taxation experts (in private companies) who seem to be winning the battle with the legislators and those in the public sector charged with collecting tax? Not nurses, teachers, soldiers et al locodogz
  • Score: 0

8:32am Wed 5 Mar 14

bart-on simpson says...

This fine is an isolated case here - go to Westminster Council area and see the real level of prosecutions and clean streets.
This fine is an isolated case here - go to Westminster Council area and see the real level of prosecutions and clean streets. bart-on simpson
  • Score: 1

8:54am Wed 5 Mar 14

King Joke says...

locodogz wrote:
King Joke wrote:
I presume you are including nurses, prison officers, soldiers and teachers as people 'who weren't good enough to work for the private sector'?
IMHO the comparison was being drawn between highly skilled and paid taxation experts (in private companies) who seem to be winning the battle with the legislators and those in the public sector charged with collecting tax?

Not nurses, teachers, soldiers et al
No mention was made of tax planners in the private sector.

The biggest f'ck-ups at the Revenue are made by those at the very top, not the people lower down who actually know what they're doing. Dave Hartnett was told by his own people that he had a good case against Vodafone and could have got billions out of them quite legally, and chose to ignore it. There are some bright people at the revenue, but they're lions led by donkeys.

At any rate the budget for catching tax cheats is a fraction of that used to catch benefit cheats, so it's no surprise they have limited success.
[quote][p][bold]locodogz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: I presume you are including nurses, prison officers, soldiers and teachers as people 'who weren't good enough to work for the private sector'?[/p][/quote]IMHO the comparison was being drawn between highly skilled and paid taxation experts (in private companies) who seem to be winning the battle with the legislators and those in the public sector charged with collecting tax? Not nurses, teachers, soldiers et al[/p][/quote]No mention was made of tax planners in the private sector. The biggest f'ck-ups at the Revenue are made by those at the very top, not the people lower down who actually know what they're doing. Dave Hartnett was told by his own people that he had a good case against Vodafone and could have got billions out of them quite legally, and chose to ignore it. There are some bright people at the revenue, but they're lions led by donkeys. At any rate the budget for catching tax cheats is a fraction of that used to catch benefit cheats, so it's no surprise they have limited success. King Joke
  • Score: 0

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