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Twenty-four people prosecuted for failing to pay penalty notices


We have successfully prosecuted 24 people who failed to pay Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £80 issued by our partnership contractor District Enforcement.

The defendants were ordered to pay fines totalling £5,280 at East Berkshire Magistrates' Court for offences of littering and breaches of our Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).

They were also told to pay costs of £3,540.40 and victim surcharge costs of £816.

Since November 2021, 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. Its Enviro-crime Officers patrol the borough seven days a week and have the delegated powers to issue on-the-spot FPNs of £80 should they witness people littering, failing to clean up after their dog or breaching our Public Spaces Protection Orders.

Cllr Julie Banks, our Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The enforcement of littering and our PSPOs was introduced to make Dacorum a cleaner and safer place. The majority of these prosecutions were for littering, which causes an unacceptable blight to our landscape. These successful prosecutions are important in showing residents and members of the public that we will follow up on unpaid fines by taking action for non-payment through the courts.”

Those who have received an FPN who are in financial difficulty can visit our District Enforcement page for more information.