Council prosecutes offenders seen on CCTV urinating in public

12 September 2016

Three people have been ordered by Magistrates to pay fines totalling £1,094 after being prosecuted for urinating in public by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The defendants were all caught in the act on CCTV and were then approached and cautioned by police officers.

On Thursday, 8 September Chester Magistrates' Court imposed fines from £190 up to £569; the higher fine was imposed on one person charged with r two offences in one evening.

Christopher Dale, 36, of Meadowbank Drive, Ellesmere Port was seen urinating on the railings of Watergate Row in April. He was fined £220 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 along with a victim surcharge of £30 - a total of £335.

James Roberts, 42, of Foxfield Road, Manchester was seen urinating twice in the city centre in March, on Watergate Row and Eastgate Row. He was prosecuted for the two offences and received a total fine of £569. This was made up of a fine of £220 for each offence, prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £44.

Kevin Carson, 25, of Salisbury Court, Llandudno was seen urinating on Eastgate Street in February. He was fined £85 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 along with a victim surcharge of £20 - a total of £190.

The Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: "Our Street Care Pledge sets out our commitment to maintain clean and tidy streets across the borough. Public urination is disgusting, the odour and stains it leaves behind linger for a long time after the deed is done, affecting business and visitors, as well as causing considerable damage to historic structures, like our famous Rows. We had no option but to issue court proceedings against these people when they were caught violating our historic city.

"This type of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. The Council's team of CCTV operators can direct police officers to offenders in seconds."​

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