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Tuesday 2 January

Failing to pay fine leads to court

Nine people have been prosecuted by Swale Borough Council for failing to pay a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for littering in the borough.

The cases were brought 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:

"Litter is an eyesore, and we’re working hard to make sure local streets are clean, but unfortunately there are still some people who think leaving their litter for council taxpayers to clear up is acceptable.

"When caught, most people admit their mistake, pay the FPN and are unlikely to do it again, but there are some who still think they can ignore it, and we aren’t serious about taking them to court.

"As these cases prove, they are very much mistaken."

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 18 December 2017.

The litter enforcement initiative is self-funding with any surplus income being used for local environmental initiatives such as new bins, educational campaigns, litter picks and pocket ash trays for smokers.

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

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