A woman from Newton Aycliffe is one of eight people to be prosecuted by Durham County Council for dropping litter.
The council took three men and five women to court under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce enviro-crime in the county.
All of them – including 51-year-old Evelyn Anne Kell, of Kirkstone Place in Aycliffe – were convicted of offences committed in the County Durham area since May, in their absence at Darlington Magistrates Court.
They were each given £100 fines and ordered to pay costs of £130 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Ian Hoult, Durham County Council’s neighbourhood protection manager, said: “We are all rightly proud to live and work in such a beautiful county and no-one wants to see our towns and villages strewn with litter.
“Our communities continue to tell us this is something they want us to tackle and it is not difficult to put rubbish in bins or take it home.
“We issue fixed penalty notices to anyone we see dropping litter and have prosecuted these eight people who have not paid.
“These cases show we will not tolerate litter and that we will take action against those who drop it.”
The eight convicted were:
Liam Blakey, 34, of Howlish View, Coundon, Bishop Auckland.
Alan Davies, 55, of Quilstyle Road, Wheatley Hill.
Toni Louise Hogg, 22, of Blackett Street, Bishop Auckland.
Molly Hopper, 24, of Fourth Avenue, Wolverhampton.
Evelyn Anne Kell, 51, of Kirkstone Place, Newton Aycliffe.
Janet Lanagan, 54, of Ravensworth Avenue, Fencehouses, Houghton.
Julie Stratton, 45, of Ruby Street, Shildon.
Lee Thomas Watlow, 20, of Verdun Terrace, West Cornforth, Ferryhill.
To report litter online visit: http://www.durham.gov.uk/litter