Council takes tough action over litter

Cigarette butts are the main cause of litter in Basingstoke Credit: ITV

People who drop litter in Basingstoke will be making a costly mistake - that's the warning from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Seven people recently received criminal convictions along with fines, ranging between £105 and £440, plus additional costs for littering offences.

These were the latest prosecutions brought by the council – so far, 12 people have faced court action and more cases are still outstanding.

Cigarette butts are the main cause of litter. In one day alone,1850 cigarette butts were counted on the town centre’s streets.