Seven more people face court following town centre cycling

Seven more people face court following town centre cycling

Seven more people are sharing a court bill of more than £2,700, after failing to pay fines for cycling in Grimsby town centre.

The seven cases were heard at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27th November, Friday 4th and Friday 11th December.

Cases against three defendants were proved in their absence.

Two were fined £100 and the third was fined £440, with all three ordered to pay £226.04 costs.

Two were ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge and one was ordered to pay a £44 victim surcharge.

The other four entered guilty pleas, where three were fined £100, and one fined £150.

All four were ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge.

Two were ordered to pay costs of £226.04 and two were ordered to pay contributions towards costs of £100 and £150.

All defendants had previously been issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice for cycling in a pedestrianised area on Victoria Street.

A ‘Public Space Protection Order‘ was introduced in July 2019, banning people from cycling in the pedestrian area.

However, since then, a total of 415 fixed penalty notices have been issued.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, said:

“We will fine you if you put other people at risk by cycling in Grimsby’s pedestrian zone”.

“Those who choose not to pay the £100 fixed penalty notice, find themselves facing a larger bill in court”.

“Shoppers, businesses and people working in the town centre often complain about nuisance cycling in the town centre”.

“There’s no need to cycle in the pedestrian area, Bethlehem Street and Osborne Street are literally a few metres away and run parallel to it”.

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