A LITTERER has been fined for dropping a cigarette butt in a car park.

Hart District Council took 'Glen Barber' - the name the defendant gave - of Broadway, Grimsby, to court after CCTV footage showed the litter being dropped in Hartley Wintney Long Stay car park on October 17 last year.

The offender was spotted committing the offence and questioned at the scene, but gave false details, including his name.

The CCTV was used to track down Mr Barber with a court summons issued for non-payment of a littering Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) issued at the scene and for providing false details.

On March 28 this year, Barber was found guilty at Basingstoke Magistrates Court in his absence.

He received a fine of £100 for the littering offence and was ordered to pay costs of £248 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Barber was also issued a fine of £200 for the false information offence.

Patricia Hughes, joint chief executive of Hart District Council, said: “One of our key priorities as a council is to keep the district a clean, green and safe environment. This prosecution gives a clear message that we will not tolerate littering in the district and my thanks to the officers involved for their hard work in getting this case resolved.”

Hart District Council introduced Environmental Enforcement Officers in May 2017.

Officers have the power to issue fines of £75 for anyone caught littering, including cigarette butts and chewing gum, and £50 for anyone failing to clean up after their dog.