Urinating in public leads to £790 fines and costs

Published Tuesday, 5th December 2017

People found fouling York’s streets in the morning, afternoon and the evening have been sentenced to £790 for offending public decency and creating a public health hazard.

At York Magistrates today (5 December 2017), three people were prosecuted under a byelaw designed to combat this anti-social behaviour which also costs the council to clean up.

At 10:45pm Saturday 23 September 2017, Dan Huxley, aged 26 of Clevedon Crescent, Scawthorpe, Doncaster, was seen by police officers urinating against the wall of the North Yorkshire Police offices at North Street York. When approached, he apologised. He pleaded guilty by post and was given a £100 fine, £100 costs and a £30 court surcharge.

In the afternoon of Sunday 8 October 2017 and morning of Tuesday 10 October 2017, Robert Loweicki, aged 37 of no fixed address, was found urinating in public in Fetter Lane. Today, Mr Loweicki did not attend court or submit a plea by post. He was convicted of both urination offences in his absence and given a £200 fine, £100 costs and a £30 court. The court also issued him with an interim Criminal Behaviour Order for urinating in public on at least seven other occasions when passers-by found themselves splashed with urine or having to cross the road to avoid the smell of urine. The interim criminal behaviour order is in place until 2 January and prohibits him urinating in a public place in the city of York. A further court hearing on 2 Jan will determine whether or not the order should remain in place.

On Saturday 14 October 2017 at 3am, police officers on patrol saw Nathan Thomas Mason, aged 21 of Alma Grove, York, urinating in Back Swinegate, York. He pleaded guilty by post and was given a £100 fine, £100 costs and a £30 court surcharge.

Cllr Sam Lisle, executive member for housing and safer communities, said: “Urinating in public is offensive, fouls the street, creates a public health hazard that we have to pay to clean up. It’s illegal and licensing laws ensure that each of York’s licensed premises provides toilets for customers.”

York-based Inspector Andrew Godfrey said: “We welcome anyone who wants to come into York to enjoy the city and all it has to offer.

“However, behaving in a way that is thoughtless, disgusting and illegal and ruins other people’s enjoyment of the city is totally unacceptable.

“Dealing with these sort of offences isn’t a good use of our resources or anyone else’s, and we’ll endeavour to use the full extent of the law against offenders.”  

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