Published Thursday, 1st August 2019

York Magistrates have ordered five men to pay total costs of £2676 for urinating in public in York.

On Monday 29 July 2019, York Magistrates heard that Kym Russell (aged 20 of Dennison Road, Pocklington) was found by a police officer, urinating in the doorway of a shop on Clifford Street, York, around 1:25am on Thursday 23 May 2019.

Mr Russell, who apologised for his actions during the incident, failed to attend court or submit a plea and was found guilty in his absence. He was fined £440, ordered to pay costs of £123 and a surcharge of £44.

Michael Lloyd (aged 52 of Sandcroft Road, York) was seen by a police officer, urinating against the wall of Flares nightclub on Tanner Row, York, at 2.50am on Monday 3 June 2019.

Mr Lloyd also apologised for his actions during the incident, however failed to attend court or submit a plea and was found guilty in his absence. He was fined £440, ordered to pay costs of £123 and a surcharge of £44.

York Magistrates (29 July 2019) also heard that Richard Butcher (aged 62 of Plover Way, Morley, Leeds) was seen by a plain clothes police officer, urinating against a portaloo on the grass area of York Knavesmire, at around 10.30pm on Saturday 1 June 2019.

Mr Butcher failed to attend court or submit a plea and was found guilty in his absence. He was fined £440, ordered to pay costs of £123 and a surcharge of £44.

Jason Barry Hewell (aged 33 of Borrowdale Drive, Castleford) was found by a police officer, urinating against the boundary wall of Ovington Cricket Club on York Knavesmire, at 5.30pm on Thursday 16 May 2019, in the presence of approximately 200 people.

Mr Hewell apologised for his actions following the incident and submitted a guilty plea by post. He attended court and was fined £454, ordered to pay costs of £123 and a court surcharge of £44.

Michael Bell (aged 23 or Carterhatch Lane, Enfield, London) was seen by multiple police officers, urinating on the walkway next to the River Ouse, at 12:40am on Sunday 6 May 2019.

Mr Bell apologised for his actions during the incident and also submitted a guilty plea by post. He was fined £80, ordered to pay costs of £123 and a surcharge of £30.

Councillor Denise Craghill, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “Urinating in public is indecent and unhygienic. It also puts more pressure on the city centre cleaning services and clearing it up is an additional cost to the council.

“I’m grateful for the joint work between North Yorkshire Police and City of York Council to tackle anti-social behaviour in York. We will continue to prosecute individuals who urinate in public and these court results show that action will be taken against people who spoil our city centre.”

 

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