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£1,500 fine for illegally putting up posters in Bexley at Christmas

PUBLISHED: 13:02 09 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:02 09 July 2015

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Events promoter pleads guilty to fly-posting

A fly-poster says he has given up events promotion after being fined £1, 500 at Bexley Magistrates’ Court for illegally putting up advertising posters across the borough.

Appearing at court on July, Mark McGregor, aged 34, of Durham Road, Canning Town, pleaded guilty to 35 charges of putting up the posters without permission between December 23, 2014 and January 9; 2015.

Magistrates heard from the council’s prosecuting solicitor that fly-posting was prevalent in the borough and incurred both cost and time to the local authority when it came to investigating and removing illegal posters. In this case there were 114 posters to remove from 35 locations.

The large number of posters involved, the widespread area they covered, together with the distraction they cause to motorists and the effect on the environment, were all listed as aggravating facts.

McGregor, who represented himself, pleaded guilty to all charges.

He told the court that he was aware that it was illegal to fly-post, but that he had taken a calculated risk that the council would not be working over the Christmas period. He said that he had carried out the illegal promotion because the event was struggling, adding that he had given up events promotion as it was not worth it.

As well as the fine, McGregor must pay £500 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

Welcoming the successful prosecution, Cllr Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure said: “Fly-posting is an unacceptable offence which costs the taxpayer money. It causes a dangerous distraction to road users – and is a blight on the environment.

“Fly-posting carries a maximum fine of up to £2,500, which in itself indicates how serious an offence this is.”

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