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Tuesday 27 March

Failing to pay fine leads to court

Eleven people have been prosecuted by Swale Borough Council for littering in the borough.

The cases were taken to court by the council after each had been caught dropping litter, and had been issued with a FPN.

Despite reminder letters and a summons to attend court being sent to the defendants, they each failed to pay the FPN, and were fined by magistrates.

Cllr Nicholas Hampshire, deputy cabinet member for safer families and communities at the council, said:

"Most people are responsible and don’t drop litter, but unfortunately, a small minority do, and expect others to pay for their mess to be cleaned up.

"That is why we are working hard to make sure that people know that if we catch them, they will be fined.

"Any surplus from the fixed penalty notice scheme is spent on things like new bins and education initiatives, which we hope will encourage people to help keep the borough clean."

They each received a £220 fine, and were ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £205 costs. These were:

The cases were heard at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 19 March 2018.

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

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