�245 bill for dropping cigarette

A FEMALE smoker has landed a �245 bill for dropping a cigarette butt in a Suffolk town centre.

Dave Gooderham

A FEMALE smoker has landed a �245 bill for dropping a cigarette butt in a Suffolk town centre.

Cheryl Simms, of Nelson Road, Sudbury, was hit with the large litter fine after she failed to pay a fixed penalty notice and was taken to court.

She was caught red-handed by an environmental protection officer from Babergh District Council who spotted her dropping the cigarette butt in North Street, Sudbury, in October.


You may also want to watch:


Simms, who was not in court, received a fine of �80, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of �15 and a contribution to costs of �150 by magistrates in Bury St Edmunds.

Welcoming the court's decision, Joanna Hart, the council's environmental protection officer, said: “Whilst this may initially seem a trivial matter to some, it costs Babergh taxpayers nearly �80,000 a year to clean Sudbury town centre.

Most Read

“Smoking-related litter is the most commonly found litter on UK streets and makes up more than 40% of all litter dropped in this country.”

Last year, Babergh joined up with Sudbury Town Council to spend �10,000 on installing 22 new litter bins - all fitted with cigarette ashtrays - in the town centre.

During the morning when Ms Simms was caught littering, six other people were also spotted dropping cigarette ends within a 90 minute period - all of whom paid the fines.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus