£2,000 bill for parking ticket


A Woodhall Spa man has been left with a court bill for almost £2,000 - for throwing away a parking ticket in Horncastle town centre.

In July 2012, Timothy Sawyer, then of White House Farm, Martin Dales, was issued with a parking ticket by PCSO Keith Briggs in High Street, opposite the Market Place.

PCSO Briggs saw Sawyer throw the ticket onto the ground before driving off.

East Lindsey District Council prosecuted Sawyer at Skegness Magistrates Court in April 2013 after he failed to pay a £75 fixed penalty notice for the littering offence.

The court found Sawyer guilty and fined him £200.

Magistrates also imposed a £15 victim surcharge and £637.61 in costs.

Sawyer appealed the conviction at Lincoln Crown Court last Friday.

He failed to turn up in court and additional costs of £1,027.08 were incurred, taking his total fine and costs to £1,879.69.

ELDC’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Steve Newton, said the court’s punishment had sent out a tough anti-litter message.

He added: “This case goes to show that littering is unacceptable in East Lindsey and will not be tolerated.

“The Council will ensure that offenders are brought to justice through the proper channels.”

Littering incurs a maximum fine of up to £2,500.

It is not known whether Sawyer will launch a further appeal against the Crown Court decision.

At the first court hearing at Skegness, magistrates were told PCSO Briggs had approached Sawyer’s car after noting it was parked in a restricted zone in High Street, clearly marked by a single yellow line.

The court heard that before driving away from the scene, Sawyer was “aggressive” and “belligerent.” He had told PSCO Briggs: “I will f***** well park here.”

Sawyer had then thrown the ticket onto the road.

Sawyer was not present at that hearing but had indicated a not guilty plea in a letter sent to the court.