The three – Marcus Eaton from New Milton and Siobhan Sims and Bethany Sims both from Christchurch – were each fined £100 and each ordered to pay costs of £339 and a victim surcharge of £20 at Bournemouth Magistrates Court on 21 August.
All three were seen dropping cigarette butts – Marcus Eaton at Highcliffe Cliff Top car park and Siobhan and Bethany Sims in Christchurch High Street – in April this year. They were given Fixed Penalty Notices which they failed to pay on time despite two reminders.
Keith Mallett, Head of Legal and Democratic Services at the Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership, said: “These fines show that we’re not prepared to tolerate people who litter our streets, whether it is with a cigarette butt or anything else. These people had the opportunity to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice of £75 which they ignored, so it has cost them much more.
“A lot of money is spent by the council on street sweeping, money which could be used to a much better purpose if people didn’t drop litter.”