More litterbugs and irresponsible dog owners fined in North Somerset


North Somerset Council has demonstrated its commitment to deliver a cleaner and greener local environment by taking action against those who breach Public Space Protection Orders.

39 people have been ordered to pay over £16,000 in fines as a result of prosecutions by the council heard at North Somerset Magistrates Court on Friday 17 March, Friday 14 April and Friday 12 May.

34 of the charges brought were for littering by dropping a cigarette, three charges were for walking a dog off lead in an area where dogs must be on leads, and two charges were for having a dog in an exclusion zone.

Total fines ranged from £156 to £508 depending on means and whether a guilty plea was entered. North Somerset Council were awarded costs in all cases.

Each person had been given a fixed penalty notice for £75 and sent at least one reminder letter but failed to pay.

The following three people were found guilty of walking a dog off lead in an area where dogs must be on leads: Kevin Lewis of Turtlegate Avenue, Bristol; Emily Maya of Sussex Place, Plymouth; and John Thatcher of Glebe Road, Weston-super-Mare.

The following two people were found guilty of having a dog in an exclusion zone: Anna Jane of George Street, Weston-super-Mare; and Leigh Rogers of Wilton Crescent, Weston-super-Mare.

The 34 people found guilty of littering by dropping a cigarette were: Corine Bear of Stanley Road, Weston-super-Mare; Sean Beeton of Hazeldene Road, Weston-super-Mare; Richard Harper of Bellamy Avenue, Bristol; Jade Harvey of Milton Road, Weston-super-Mare; Shantal Jones of Selworthy Road, Weston-super-Mare; Darren Jordan of Cleeve Drive, Bristol; Jamie Kay of Station Road, Weston-super-Mare; Fiaz Mahmood of Apple Close, Blackburn; Sam Palmer of Kipling Road, Weston-super-Mare; Amanda Perkin of Leslie Green Court, Newport; Jake Powell of Lansdowne Grove Lodge, Bath; Steven Powell of St Catherines Road, Evesham; Lukasz Prokopik of Ringwood Grove, Weston-super-Mare; Andrew Radford of Baildon Crescent, Weston-super-Mare; Agna Riabaite of Dunster Crescent, Weston-super-Mare; Abby Robinson of Sunnyside Road, Weston-super-Mare; Natasha Sabastonelli of Hildesheim Close, Weston-super-Mare; Lisa Shepherd of Orchard Street, Weston-super-Mare; Joe Smith of Wagons Lane, Tonbridge; John Smith of Stella Road, Tipton; Laura Smith of Fairfield, County Durham; Julina Sodmrl of Locking Road, Weston-super-Mare; Jade Stacey of Wesley Drive, Weston-super-Mare; Leon Tarner of Old Street, Clevedon; Katie Taylor of Abbots Close, Weston-super-Mare; Lisa Thomas of Coleridge Road, Weston-super-Mare; Samantha Virgo of Lisle Road, Weston-super-Mare; Alex Wain of Teasel Walk, Weston-super-Mare; Christopher Walker of Coralberry Drive, Weston-super-Mare; Billy Wall of Fox Road, High Wycombe; Barry Whitmore of Wellbrook Terrace, Tiverton; Robert Whitmore of Burton Road, Bideford; David Williams of Tom Williams Court, Swansea; and Lianne Wynters of Milton Brow, Weston-super-Mare.

Councillor James Clayton, North Somerset Council's Executive Member for Safety in the community, said: “Robust enforcement of the PSPOs is a key part of the action we are taking to clean up our local area for everyone to enjoy and make North Somerset a greener place to be. We hope our partnership with Local Authority Support and enforcement of the PSPOs will lead to a reduction of overall offending.

“It’s disappointing to see so many offenders from Weston-super-Mare and I hope that this changes. We’ll continue to heavily publicise our PSPOs, and previous convictions. There really is no excuse."

More information on the PSPOs can be found at