Harrow Council is getting tougher on anyone who drops litter in the street.
According to the council, 10 people have been successfully prosecuted for failing to pay a £75 fixed penalty notice for dropping cigarette ends since last summer.
They were ordered to make payments totalling more than £4,000, at Willesden Magistrates Court on Tuesday (February 9).
All 10 were caught littering by Harrow Council Environment Enforcement Officers, who have been patrolling the streets since July last year issuing fines to anybody seen littering or spitting.
They say they have issued 3,741 Fixed Penalty Notices since July 2015.
Cllr Graham Henson, portfolio holder for environment, crime and safety, said: “We are doing everything we can to ensure that Harrow is kept clean and remains that way.
“Sweeping and cleaning our streets is expensive so it’s only fair that these litterbugs pay. Our Enforcement Officers have caught thousands of people in the act.
“Some think they can ignore a fixed penalty notice but, as these cases show, we will take them to court if they don’t pay up.
“Keeping our streets safe and tidy is all part of our work to build a better Harrow.”