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Pair fined more than £900 for cycling in Grimsby Town Centre

Pair fined more than £900 for cycling in Grimsby Town Centre
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Pair fined more than £900 for cycling in Grimsby Town Centre

Two people caught cycling in Grimsby Town Centre have received fines of more than £450 as part of a council initiative to crack down on anti-social behaviour.

A number of others have been ordered to appear in court on similar charges.

The pair appeared before Grimsby Magistrates Court on 4 February after they failed to pay fixed penalty fines.

Cases against them were proved in their absence and they were each ordered to pay £226.04 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Two more cases were also heard, but were withdrawn or postponed.

One defendant, who had paid the FPN in full had their case withdrawn.

A fourth defendant, who could not attend court because they were in isolation due to coronavirus, had their case postponed until 30 April 2021.

Since November, North East Lincolnshire Council has successfully prosecuted more than 40 people for cycling in a prohibited cycling zones.

Councillor Ron Shepherd 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. I’m grateful to the courts for supporting our stance.

“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.”

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

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

The fixed penalty notice is an alternative to prosecution and allows 14 days to pay.

Anyone who chooses not to pay a fine can be taken to court and prosecuted for the original offence of cycling in a prohibited zone.

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