The binmen are coming tomorrow. I’m glad I don’t live in Stockport though, I’d be risking a fine because I’ve out my bin out the night before I should, according to Stockport council.
Victoria Clarke, 21, was fined Ã‚Â£700 last week for putting out rubbish before the due date. Well, not quite Ã‚Â£700 to be fair; a Ã‚Â£350 fine, Ã‚Â£350.12 in costs & a Ã‚Â£15 victim surcharge.
Ms Clarke really only has herself to blame though. She was served a notice bot to do it again after a previous incident, the next time she did it she was given a Ã‚Â£100 fixed penalty notice. When she failed to pay the fine she was taken to court.
And quite right too, we can’t have people being given fines & waltzing off into the sunset never to pay the money. It’s just such a pity that the courts don’t follow up all the criminals who fail to pay their fines & even when they do, how many end up having to fork out Ã‚Â£700?
Meanwhile, over in Wisbech Joshua Knight was fined Ã‚Â£85 for his offence. Being Ã‚Â£15 less than the fine for putting your bin out too early it must have been a pretty low-level offence, yes?
No. Knight was driving his car when he ‘lost concentration’ and strayed into the path of another vehicle resulting in the death of a Mr Ashfaq Choudhry. Still, we should all be comforted by the fact that Knight was disqualified from driving for a year also. So that’s alright.
You couldn’t make it up.