Derbyshire Event Organiser fined for Fly-posting Offences

A Derbyshire event’s organiser has been prosecuted by Amber Valley Borough Council on two counts of flyposting.

Shaun Hogg of Ripley, was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and legal costs of £382.00 for erecting signs advertising the Bakewell Winter Wonderland and Christmas Market at Derby Road, Duffield and Burley Lane, Quarndon, in October 2016.

Sentencing Hogg, at Derbyshire Magistrates Court on 22 June, District Judge Taff said: “This is a serious offence and Mr Hogg is a serial offender having been convicted of the exact same offence before.”

Hogg was the joint-organiser of the event in Bakewell, which took place shortly before Christmas 2016. He was said to be responsible for the advertising. He organises other events in Derbyshire, like large car boot sales, and has previously been spoken to and warned that it is an offence to put signs on grass verges and posters/flyers on street furniture such as lamp posts.

Commenting on the case, Councillor Chris Short, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Casually erecting advertising signs on grass verges, street furniture and traffic roundabouts is not only unsightly and has a detrimental effect on the community, but it is a dangerous distraction to motorists.

“Businesses should ensure that they advertise in a responsible manner. Imagine how the Borough would look if every business used these tactics for advertising! It is the Council’s responsibility to protect the environment and we will prosecute offenders who do not take heed of warnings to remove posters and flyers.”

You can report incidents of Envirocrime including Fly Posting, Fly Tipping or dog fouling to the Amber Valley Borough Council Helpline on 01773 841335

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