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Unauthorised advertisers prosecuted

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Published: 02/05/2014

Tom Worrall, of Lancaster Road, Yate and Valerie Gibson, of Westerleigh Road, Yate appeared before the magistrate regarding an advertisement for ‘TK Building Contractors’ that had been positioned on a historic boundary wall next to Westerleigh Road.

Both defendants initially pleaded not guilty, but later changed their pleas to guilty. Mr Worrall was fined £175 and ordered to pay £381.12 of the council’s costs in bringing the prosecution. Mrs Gibson was convicted with a six month conditional discharge and ordered to contribute £15 towards prosecution costs.

The advertisement had been removed shortly before the matter was heard in court, however officers proceeded with the case owing to the fact that it had been displayed in a prominent public position and historically sensitive location on the boundary of a listed building for almost four months.

Helen Elvis, the owner of a business based in Warmley, was prosecuted after a large banner advertisement was displayed at London Road in Warmley on behalf of ‘X Fitness’. Ms Elvis was fined £400 in her absence and ordered to pay a further £437.10 towards the council’s prosecution costs. This case was also heard on 1 May.

Once again the advertisement had been displayed in a prominent location and requests for its removal had been ignored. Despite the advertisement being removed when a court summons was issued, the offender declined to settle the matter by formal caution and failed to attend the court hearing.

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