Nine prosecuted for failing to pay penalty notices

We have successfully prosecuted nine people who failed to pay Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) of £80 issued by our partnership contractor District Enforcement.

On Monday 21 March 2022, nine people were ordered to pay fines at East Berkshire Magistrates' Court for offences of littering and breaches of our Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).

One defendant pleaded guilty and eight other defendants were found guilty by a magistrate.

In total, they were ordered to pay fines of £880, costs of £800 and victim surcharge costs of £294.

Since the beginning of November, we have upped our commitment to making Dacorum a cleaner and safer place to live, work and visit by partnering with District Enforcement, a company that specialises in environmental enforcement. It patrols the borough seven days a week and has the powers to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £80 should it witness people littering, failing to clean up after their dog or breaching our Public Spaces Protection Orders.

Cllr Julie Banks, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: “The enforcement of our PSPOs was introduced to make Dacorum a cleaner and safer place. This first successful prosecution is important in showing residents and members of the public that we will follow up on all unpaid fines by taking action for non-payment through the courts.”

If you have received an FPN but are in financial difficulty, please visit our District Enforcement page.