Sticky situation for guilty flyposter

A Brighton man has been fined more than £600 after being found guilty of flyposting in the city.
 
Patrick Robinson, 22, of Egremont Place, was caught illegally sticking flyers onto a bus shelter on Lewes Road last November, advertising the Patterns music venue.

Nightclub failed to pay worker's fine

Initially Patterns, on Marine Parade, offered to pay the fixed penalty notice Mr Robinson received, which would have meant the case didn’t go to court.
 
However, the club’s owners failed to keep their promise to the council, and Mr Robinson, who also didn’t pay his fine nor appear in court, was convicted of flyposting under Section 43 of the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003.

'We'll catch the perpetrators'

Cllr Anne Pissaridou, chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “Flyposting is illegal for a very good reason, and this conviction shows we will catch and fine the perpetrators, and if they don’t pay their fixed penalty notice we will have no hesitation in taking them to court.”
 
“We’ve all seen flyposting - on bus shelters, lampposts, benches, bins, shops, walls, public toilets - and they all help ruin the appearance of the city.
 
“These people, and the companies and venues that pay them, know what they are doing is against the law, but still they continue. Our environmental enforcement team is determined to keep on catching the culprits and will remain ever vigilant.”

Court hands out hefty fine 

Mr Robinson was due in court on February 19 but didn’t attend. Brighton Magistrates found him guilty and ordered him to pay a £220 fine, victim surcharge of £32 and £350 costs.
 
You can report flyposting and a number of antisocial issues at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/report-problem-and-request-clean
 
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