A RESIDENT from Powys has been fined by the County Council after being caught on CCTV throwing fast food packaging out the window of a moving vehicle.

The incident was captured on a home CCTV camera back in June, where the occupants of the car can clearly be seen throwing litter from the vehicle’s window on to the driveway of a homeowner in Criggion.

The offence was reported, and a copy of the CCTV footage provided, to the council’s waste awareness and enforcement team. Although the registration details of the vehicle couldn’t be seen in the video, a receipt found in the discarded bag traced the purchase of the meal back to a McDonald's drive through restaurant in nearby Shrewsbury.

CCTV evidence from the drive through restaurant, provided by the vendor, clearly showed the vehicle purchasing the meal. The registered keeper of the vehicle was then traced via the DVLA.

The suspect was interviewed under caution and, once confronted with the CCTV footage, made a full confession. They were subsequently given a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Powys County Council's Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: “This case is a great example of how we, as the county council, will go to great lengths to crack down on anti-social behaviour such as littering.

“Roadside litter can be a real blight on our countryside which not only impacts on the beauty of our local communities, but also has devastating effects on our environment and wildlife. Clearing up after irresponsible litterers is also costly and a dangerous job on busy roads.

“It is a criminal offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to drop, throw or otherwise deposit, litter, and I am pleased that the council has acted appropriately by issuing this fine. I know most residents feel strongly about this problem and they will be reassured that this action encourages more people to take their rubbish home and throw it away, or recycle it, properly.”

Members of the public are urged to report any incidences of littering which they witness to the council’s waste awareness and enforcement team.