Discarded Cigarette Butt Costs Stone Resident £445

Discarded Cigarette ButtShaun Darch of Brooms Park, Stone, was caught along with 4 others discarding cigarette butts in Stafford.

In total the five have had to pay more than £1600 for the littering offences after their cases were heard by the court in Newcastle under Lyme.

Shaun Darch, Marek Korczak and Robert Smith didn’t enter a plea and were found guilty in their absence. Christine Godwin and Balvinder Singh pleaded guilty to the littering offence.

  • Darch, aged 52, of Brooms Park, Stafford Road, Stone was fined £220 and ordered to pay £225 costs.
  • Korczak, 56, of Vauban Court, Vauban Drive, Stafford was fined £220 and ordered to pay £125 costs
  • Smith of Sunfield Road, Wallasey, Merseyside was fined £220 and ordered to pay £125 costs
  • Godwin, 54, of Barnes Road, Stafford was fined £40 and ordered to pay £225 costs
  • Singh, 54, of Cornwall Drive, Stafford was fined £100 and ordered to pay £155 costs

The incidents happened in August last year and went to court because the defendants had failed to pay the fixed penalty notices issued to them.

More than 200 people were fined last year for littering in Stafford and Stone. A list of the fixed penalty notices and areas they were issued can be found at

Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, Frank Finlay, said the money from the fines would help support efforts to improve the environment.

“We have a beautiful borough and want to keep it that way. A clean borough attracts people and businesses to the area which is good for the economy. So we would rather work with our communities to keep it clean – but will not hesitate to fine or prosecute those who don’t.”

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One Comment

  1. Great news, lets see stuff like this be considered as anti-social as drink driving and dogs fouling pavements and grass areas that children play on!

    Can we also stop vaping in public places too?

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