Big court fines for Bridge Street cyclists

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Bridge Street cyclists, litterbugs and a spitter have been given a court bill of £430 each following a clamp down in the city centre.

Magistrates handed out fines, costs and surcharges to 10 people - five cyclists, four people who dropped cigarette butts and one person caught spitting yesterday (Wednesday).

The fines were handed out after a public space protection order (PSPO) was put in place in the city centre. People caught breaching the order are given an £80 fixed penalty notice - but if it is not paid by a certain time, the amount increases, and eventually results in court action.

None of the 10 were in court to hear the sentence, and magistrate Mrs Farrow set the level of fine based on average weekly earnings.

Each was fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £180 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Rob Hill, assistant director for Community Safety at Peterborough City Council, said: “We are pleased with the level of fines imposed by the magistrate which demonstrates that they view people ruining the look of our city as seriously as we do. We don’t delight in fining people, but if doing so stops them dropping their litter on the floor, cycling in areas they should not and defecating in the street, then we will not hesitate.

“We hope that the size of the fine handed out today will make people think twice before breaking the rules, and that if they do, it is a much cheaper option to pay the £80 fine.”

Colin Miles, prosecuting, told the court cyclists caught breaching the rules on multiple occasions could face having their bikes confiscated if they appear in the dock more than once.

The cyclists caught between June 20 and June 22 were: Robert Ciehanowski, of Alexandra Road, Ian Gordan, of Paynels, Oliver Hangonyi, of Burmer Road, Juris Smeko, of Gladstone Street and Kristne Sudnkia of Baldwin Drive.

People caught littering in the same period were: Lauren Griffin of Treeway, Chatteris, Kevin Harrogate of Hermitage Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, Tadas Kaminskas, of Peviril Road and Alice Keating, of Burnfield Estate, Chatteris. The man caught spitting was Ben Kent, of Alpine Close.

They were all given 14 days to pay the total.