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£1,287 Fines for Nine Who Spent a Penny on York Streets


4:49pm 28th November 2013

City of York Council has successfully prosecuted nine people, caught by North Yorkshire Police officers, urinating in public in the city centre this summer.

The authority used a byelaw designed to combat this kind of anti-social behaviour which presents a public health hazard and places an additional burden on the council’s street cleansing team,

All the incidents were witnessed by police officers and some were recorded on CCTV. Each perpetrator was charged court costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Elliot Taylor of Leeds attended court and pleaded guilty, having been seen urinating outside York Magistrates by a police officer on 27 July 2013. He was fined £37 plus costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £20.

All the other defendants were absent and had either submitted guilty pleas in writing or were proved guilty in their absence.

Andrew Threadgold of Leeds was fined £115 after pleading guilty to urinating against the wall of Ouse Bridge on 12 July.

Gurjeet Grewa of Goole was fined £80 for urinating in Coney Street and John Woodcock of Selby was fined £200 for having urinated in an alley off Coney Street, both on 13 July.

Matthew Sowter of Rotherham was fined £80 for urinating in Coney Street on 14 July.

James Winne from Horsforth was fined £200 after being stopped in Station Rise on 20 July, when he was witnessed urinating by a police officer, and after initially giving a false name.

Trevor Barlow of York was fined £55 for urinating in Priory Street on 10 August.

Vicki Gartshore and Derek Gill, both from Mexborough, were each fined £200 for urinating near the Coppergate Shopping Centre.

The Magistrates said that they were pleased these cases were being prosecuted, adding that publishing the culprits’ names and their fines would act as a deterrent.

Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross, Cabinet Member for Crime and Stronger Communities, said: “This kind of anti-social behaviour not only prevents residents and visitors from enjoying the city centre, but also adversely affects local businesses and places an unacceptable burden on the council's cleansing services. These successful prosecutions show that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour in our city and that we are serious about keeping our streets safe for people to enjoy.”

Unisex public toilets are available in the city centre at all times of the day and night at Union Terrace and Nunnery Lane car parks, at Exhibition Square and Tanner Row. The council’s Silver Street public conveniences are open until 8pm every night and sometimes later when certain city centre events are taking place.

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