Fined for dropping cig butts

Dropping cigarette butts in Derry city centre has landed a number of people in court.

Twenty people who were caught dropping litter in the centre of the city were each fined £75 and ordered to pay Derry City Council’s court costs at Derry Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

The court was told litter wardens witnessed offenders throwing cigarette butts or casting litter on the streets.

Each of the offenders was offered the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty of £75 - reduced to £50 if paid within a period of two weeks - but declined.

On top of the fines, the court also ordered that they pay court costs of between £15 and £40.

Imposing the penalties, Deputy District Judge Paul Conway said littering was a serious problem.