Smoker’s fury over £100 fine for tossing cigarette butt


A woman has moaned about a “hefty and petty” £100 fine after she was caught red-handed launching a cigarette butt out her car window.

Caroline Dawson, Grimsby, Lincolnshire, said that she is a law-abiding citizen and has never littered.

However, “a spur of the moment thing”Ms. Dawson was driving the car of her elderly parents on Monday, March 21 and she committed the offense. Grimsby Live was reported.

Her parents received a form by post several days later asking who had been driving it and who was insured.

Ms Dawson acknowledges that the fine serves as a deterrent but believes North East Lincolnshire Council should focus on the’real’ issues affecting her estate.

In "a spur of the moment thing" on Monday, March 21, Ms Dawson dropped the ciggy butt
In “a spur of the moment thing”Monday, March 21st, Ms Dawson dropped her ciggy bitt

Ms. Dawson claims that the fine is too high for something so simple “petty.”

She suggested that the council focus its attention on fly-tipping on Nunsthorpe, the estate where she lives, and litter.

“I did feel it’s my bad luck because I just thought, one little butt end and a £100 fine. What angers me is that I live on the Nunsthorpe, my partner lives on the Nunsthorpe, and there’s so many other issues there. It does seem rather petty to get such a hefty fine.

“The state of many streets and areas is shocking, not only Nunsthorpe but also the fly-tipping. I am sure that people do worse, but they don’t get arrested or are not prosecuted. She said that she has always been a law-abiding citizen and doesn’t throw garbage or do anything similar.

Ms Dawson said the council should be focusing on fly-tipping and litter on the Nunsthorpe estate, where she lives
Ms Dawson suggested that the council focus on litter and fly-tipping at Nunsthorpe, where she lives.

She continued: “I admit the offence was a spur of the moment thing, but I’m angry at all the other offences taking place – bigger offences – that go undetected.

“While I do agree with the deterrent it is excessive in light of other issues not being dealt with.”

A North East Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: “Littering is an antisocial and criminal act and will not be tolerated. With 979 litter bins in convenient locations around the borough, you are never far from a bin.

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“There is absolutely no excuse to drop litter, including cigarettes, anywhere in North East Lincolnshire and you should ensure your cigarette is fully extinguished before disposing of it.

“People who drop litter make the place look unsightly and it is left for others to clean up after them.

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