A man caught fly posting stickers for escort agencies in Liverpool has been fined.
20 year old Dylan Bannon of Sunlight Street in Anfield was caught by enforcement officers on Bold Street in the city centre in June advertising ‘City Centre Escorts’.
When questioned, he had four rolls with 20 stickers on each roll, and admitted to having distributed around 30 of them, but refused to say who he was working for.
At Liverpool Magistrates Court this morning the magistrate ordered him in his absence to pay £450 fine with £44 surcharge and also awarded costs to the council totalling £150.
There has been a recent rise in cases of adverts being placed on street furniture including lampposts and seats, particularly around the city centre, and it is causing issues for street cleansing teams as they are time consuming to remove.
Councillor James Noakes, Cabinet member for streetscene, said: “This has become an increasing problem in the city centre and we’re not prepared to tolerate it.
“Not only does it deface street furniture, there is also an issue with the adult themed nature on some of the stickers which are really not something that families with children should have to see.
“We’ve recently spent a considerable amount of money replacing litter bins in the city centre and within a matter of days they were covered in stickers. This means our staff have to spend time removing them.
“We are using our network of CCTV cameras and have officers working on the ground to identify those responsible, and when we catch people we will prosecute them.”