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87 Offence of leaving litter.E+W

[F1(1)A person is guilty of an offence if he throws down, drops or otherwise deposits any litter in any place to which this section applies and leaves it.

(2)This section applies to any place in the area of a principal litter authority which is open to the air, subject to subsection (3) below.

(3)This section does not apply to a place which is “open to the air” for the purposes of this Part by virtue of section 86(13) above if the public does not have access to it, with or without payment.

(4)It is immaterial for the purposes of this section whether the litter is deposited on land or in water.

(4A)No offence is committed under subsection (1) above where the depositing of the litter is—

(a)authorised by law; or

(b)done by or with the consent of the owner, occupier or other person having control of the place where it is deposited.

(4B)A person may only give consent under subsection (4A)(b) above in relation to the depositing of litter in a lake or pond or watercourse if he is the owner, occupier or other person having control of—

(a)all the land adjoining that lake or pond or watercourse; and

(b)all the land through or into which water in that lake or pond or watercourse directly or indirectly discharges, otherwise than by means of a public sewer.

(4C)In subsection (4B) above, “lake or pond”, “watercourse” and “public sewer” have the same meanings as in section 104 of the Water Resources Act 1991.]

(5)A person who is guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(6)A local authority, with a view to promoting the abatement of litter, may take such steps as the authority think appropriate for making the effect of subsection (5) above known to the public in their area.

(7)In any proceedings in Scotland for an offence under this section it shall be lawful to convict the accused on the evidence of one witness.

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E1This version of this provision extends to England and Wales only; a separate version has been created for Scotland only

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C3S. 87 applied (with modifications) (19.9.2007) by London Local Authorities Act 2007 (c. ii), ss. 1(3)-(5), 31, Sch. 2 Pt. 1

C4S. 87 applied (20.9.2000) by 2000 c. vii, ss. 1(1), 21

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I1S. 87 partly in force; s. 87 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 164(2); s. 87(1) (2) (3)(a)-(e) (4)-(6) in force (E.W) 13.2.1991 by S.I. 1991/96, art. 3

S. 87(7) in force at 1.4.1991; s. 87(1)(2)(3)(a)-(e) (4)-(6) in force (S.) 1.4.1991 and s. 87(3)(f) in force 1.6.1991 see s. 164(3) and S.I. 1991/1042, arts. 2, 3

87 Offence of leaving litter.S

(1)If any person throws down, drops or otherwise deposits in, into or from any place to which this section applies, and leaves, any thing whatsoever in such circumstances as to cause, or contribute to, or tend to lead to, the defacement by litter of any place to which this section applies, he shall, subject to subsection (2) below, be guilty of an offence.

(2)No offence is committed under this section where the depositing and leaving of the thing was—

(a)authorised by law, or

(b)done with the consent of the owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the place in or into which that thing was deposited.

(3)This section applies to any public open place and, in so far as the place is not a public open place, also to the following places—

(a)any relevant highway or relevant road and any trunk road which is a special road;

(b)any place on relevant land of a principal litter authority;

(c)any place on relevant Crown land;

(d)any place on relevant land of any designated statutory undertaker;

(e)any place on relevant land of any designated educational institution;

(f)any place on relevant land within a litter control area of a local authority.

(4)In this section “public open place” means a place in the open air to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access without payment; and any covered place open to the air on at least one side and available for public use shall be treated as a public open place.

(5)A person who is guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(6)A local authority, with a view to promoting the abatement of litter, may take such steps as the authority think appropriate for making the effect of subsection (5) above known to the public in their area.

(7)In any proceedings in Scotland for an offence under this section it shall be lawful to convict the accused on the evidence of one witness.

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E2This version of this provision extends to Scotland only; a separate version has been created for England and Wales only

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C3S. 87 applied (with modifications) (19.9.2007) by London Local Authorities Act 2007 (c. ii), ss. 1(3)-(5), 31, Sch. 2 Pt. 1

C4S. 87 applied (20.9.2000) by 2000 c. vii, ss. 1(1), 21

Commencement Information

I1S. 87 partly in force; s. 87 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 164(2); s. 87(1) (2) (3)(a)-(e) (4)-(6) in force (E.W) 13.2.1991 by S.I. 1991/96, art. 3

S. 87(7) in force at 1.4.1991; s. 87(1)(2)(3)(a)-(e) (4)-(6) in force (S.) 1.4.1991 and s. 87(3)(f) in force 1.6.1991 see s. 164(3) and S.I. 1991/1042, arts. 2, 3

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