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Litter lout who gave fake details to escape £75 fine gets £1,000 court bill

Lee Phillips, aged 40 of Cwmparc, Treorchy has became the first person to be identified and prosecuted by a council initiative to name and shame litter offenders.

Lee Phillips, aged 40 of Cwmparc was caught by council officers. Credit: rctcbc.gov.uk

Mr Phillips was caught in the act by Rhondda Cynon Taf officers cracking down on litter louts, fly tippers and dirty dog owners.

In June last year he was caught in the act by an enforcement officer and failed to provide correct contact details.

The council put his photo up on “Who Done It?” - an online suspects gallery.

The council says within hours of the post going live, Mr Phillips was identified and the council took court proceedings.

If Mr Philips had given his correct details when he was caught littering, he would have walked away with a £75 fixed penalty notice instead he has walked away from court, after being found guilty in his absence with a bill of £1150 and a criminal record for littering.

– Rhondda Cynon Taff Council

The “Who Done It?” was launched in October and aims to give a clear message to offenders that the council will take action to crack down on litter offenders.

In September 38 suspects walked away from Pontypridd Magistrates Court with a combined fine of £14,245 – 27 of those each received a fine of £560.

All 38 failed to pay the initial fixed penalty notice of £75.

The “Who Done It?” campaign has seen 12 suspects identified and a number are under investigation.