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Court deals with litterbugs

Two people who dropped cigarette ends outside a Gosport coffee shop have been told to pay £155 each by a court.

On 25 October a Gosport Borough Council officer saw Anthony Richards, 24, and Rebecca Aitken, 19, each drop a cigarette on the ground outside Costa in the High Street.

Richards, of Queen's Road, Gosport, and Aitken, of Mumby Road, Gosport, were each given £75 penalty notices, reduced to £50 if paid immediately, but they failed to pay them.

Last week they failed to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on charges of dropping litter, and were found guilty in their absence.

Each was given a £75 fine and told to pay £50 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Stevyn Ricketts, the council's head of Streetscene, said: "Even small bits of litter add up and have an effect on the appearance of our borough.  If we spot people dropping their rubbish in the street we will take action."