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Tuesday 17 September

Failing to pay fine leads to court

Selling woman has been left £705 out of pocket for littering in Faversham.

Gemma Eastwood, from Neames Forstal, Selling, was caught dropping a cigarette end at Station Approach, Faversham in January, and was issued a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for littering.

When she failed to pay the FPN despite reminder letters being sent, she was summonsed to attend court in June, where she pleaded not guilty to the offense of littering.

Miss Eastwood, 33, failed to attend her trial last week, where magistrates found her guilty in absence and fined her £220 and ordered to pay £455 costs and a £30 victim surcharge, all within 28 days.

Cllr Alan Horton, cabinet member for safer families and communities at the council, said:

"Most people caught littering know they’ve made a mistake, pay the FPN and will think more carefully about how they dispose of litter in future.

"Unfortunately, there are some who think we aren’t serious about tackling the problem that local people consistently say is important to them.

"This case clearly shows we are serious, and if we catch you dropping litter, we won’t hesitate in taking legal action against you.

"The easiest way to avoid an FPN is not to drop litter in the first place."

The cases were heard at Maidstone Magistrates Court on Monday, 11 September.

For more information about the council’s work to tackle litter across the borough, visit our litter pages

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