City Police officers are standing firm and are ready to ensure adherence to the laws regarding littering, urinating and defecating in Castries, Corporal Yone Camchon has told reporters.
Camchon spoke at a news conference earlier this week during which the Mayor of Castries, Peterson Francis, announced a crackdown on a number of other offences, including spitting.
The law enforcement officer disclosed that persons who contravene the laws will be charged and prosecuted according to both the litter act and and the criminal code.
He noted that according to the law, anyone who throws, drops or otherwise deposits any litter in or on any public place commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $500 or imprisonment for six months.
According to the law, someone who instigates another to contravene any of the provisions of the act commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a five of $150 or in default of payment, imprisonment for one month, Camchon explained.
He said sub-section 3 of the act states that in the case of a second or subsequent offence against any of the provisions of the section, a person is liable summarily to a fine of $250 or imprisonment for 3 months, or both.
Camchon noted that the criminal code highlights annoying and injurious deposits.
According to the section, anyone who deposits any ‘offensive matter’ in any place to the injury or annoyance of any person in the City or Town or Village is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1000.
It states that a person who causes or permits the emission of any offensive matter from any slaughter house, butcher shop or stall into any street or public place is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1000.
The law also addresses the matter of rubbish, including dirt, litter, ashes, carrion, fish, offal and ‘night oil’, being disposed in a public place.
The penalty on summary conviction is $1000.