Bristol man to pay over 500 for illegal fly posting
A Bristol man was found guilty of illegal fly posting in the Magistrates Court on 1 December and was fined 350 and ordered to pay costs of 213.85 and 15 victim surcharge.
Stephen Kelly of Victoria Parade, Redfield was caught in May posting a flyer at Broad Quay to promote an event. He was caught and prosecuted by the sreetscene enforcement team.
There is a huge amount of illegal fly-posting, which is blighting this area as well as other parts of the city and I am glad that this fine sends a clear message that bill posting is a serious offence, said Cllr Bev Knott, cabinet member for neighbourhoods.
The Council remove thousands of posters each year.
Not only is this illegal advertisement, the posters cause criminal damage and cost public money to remove from public and private property said Cllr Knott.
Over 95% of illegally posted flyers advertise events. The streetscene staff work with nightclub owners and promoters to stop posters advertising events being put up illegally. However, certain local nightclub promoters continue to illegally post their advertisement to public and private properties. Some of the people they employ to post their flyers do not know it is illegal. Anyone caught putting up a poster can be fined up to 2,500.