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Two men fined for urinating in public in York

NEWS: City of York Council COYC

3:27pm 15th March 2017
(Updated 3:37pm 15th March 2017)

Two people have been successfully prosecuted today (15th March) at York Magistrates Court by City of York Council for urinating in public in the city centre last December.

They have been fined a total £630.

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 cleaning team.

Callum Watson aged 24 of Chapelfields Road was found guilty of urinating in public against the window of The Regency restaurant on Rougier Street at 00:25 on 17th December 2016.

Watson failed to attend court and magistrates convicted him in his absence and fined him £220, ordered him to pay £100 costs and the £30 court surcharge.

Ben Lilley aged 23 of Howden Road, Hartlepool was also convicted of urinating in public, against the wooden gates at the rear of the PopWorld premises on Micklegate at 19:40 on 10th December 2016.

Lilley pleaded guilty by post and the magistrates fined him £150 and ordered him to pay £100 costs and the £30 court surcharge.


Cllr Sam Lisle, Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods, said:

“While we welcome people to the city centre to enjoy all it has to offer, we will not tolerate this anti-social activity.

“The public, businesses and our cleaning teams should not have to be faced with this kind of mess as all licensed premises have toilets.

Inspector Andrew Godfrey, of York City Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:

“We are working very closely with City of York Council to make people think before they urinate in public places – and this partnership is one of several multi-agency plans in place to make sure York remains a safe, attractive city for both residents and visitors.

“With toilets in every licensed premises, there is simply no excuse for urinating in full public view in the city centre.

Officers are working with the council’s CCTV team to identify offenders, who should expect a summons to court, with a real possibility of a heavy fine.

“I would ask that people continue to enjoy all that York’s night-time economy has to offer, but please be mindful of the negative effects of urinating in public.”

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