Guernsey Police issue fixed penalty notices for littering

May 13th, 2013 by Guernsey Police

Cigarette litter collected from Hauteville, St Peter Port on 3 May 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Cigarette litter collected from Hauteville, St Peter Port on 3 May 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Guernsey Police are planning to enforce anti-littering legislation by issuing fixed penalty notices over the coming few days.

The drive to reduce the amount of cigarette litter in St Peter Port is in direct support to the parish authorities who are concerned of the negative impression the litter gives to visitors and the cost of clearing the mess up.

Inspector Terry Coule of the Neighbourhood Police Team said “Guernsey is a lovely clean and safe place to live and we intend to work with the parish authorities to keep it that way.”

“Dropping cigarette ends is an offence for which you can be issued a fixed penalty of £70.”

“We will be out and about in St Peter Port tomorrow aiming to catch those people who continue to drop litter,” he said.

Officers from the Neighbourhood Team will be in plain clothes for the duration of the operations which will be repeated without prior notice at periods throughout the summer.

Litter collected from Park Lane steps and Trinity Square, St Peter Port on 5 May 2013 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Litter collected from Park Lane steps and Trinity Square, St Peter Port on 5 May 2013 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Cigarette butts are litter.  The Refuse Disposal Ordinance, 1959, as amended, (Vol. XII page 97), creates the following offences:

‘Any person who throws down, knowingly drops or otherwise deposits in, into or from any public place in the open air, and leaves anything, whatsoever in such circumstances as to cause, contribute to, or tend to lead to, the defacement by litter of any place in the open air, unless that depositing and leaving was authorised by law or was done with the consent of the occupier or other person or authority having the control of the place in or into which that thing was deposited. For the purpose of this section, any covered place open to the air on at least one side and available for public use shall be treated as being a place in the open air.’

 

1 Response to “Guernsey Police issue fixed penalty notices for littering”

  1. shane

    Discarded cigarette ends are unsightly but broken glass bottles are much more of a problem. I regularly run early mornings in st peter port and st martins and find many smashed bottles on pavements, particularly on summer weekends. These bottles are dangerous for road users, pedestrians, dogs etc. I suspect they are probably being thrown from car passenger windows late at night.

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