Friday, 30 January 2009


Thanet district Council press release

Five more Thanet residents have been fined for dropping litter or allowing their dogs to foul as part of the council's Drop It and Cop It campaign.

In the latest set of cases, heard before Margate magistrates, Darren Elliot from Ethelbert Terrace in Westgate was fined £80 for allowing his dog to foul on the grassed area near Ethelbert Square in Westgate.

Another £80 fine was handed out to John Walsh from Salt Drive, Broadstairs for dropping a cigarette end at the Broadway in Broadstairs.

Three other people were also hit with £60 fines, all for dropping cigarette ends. Stuart Evans from St. James Park Road in Margate and Kim Packman from Clifton Gardens in Cliftonville were both seen littering in Margate High Street, while Hannah Rich from Norfolk Road in Cliftonville was spotted dropping a cigarette butt in Northdown Road, Cliftonville.

As well as the fines, each of the five were given a £15 surcharge and ordered to pay £75 costs.

Cllr. Shirley Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Commercial and Environmental Services, said: "These latest cases show that our Drop It and Cop It campaign is still very much in force and is achieving results. We don't want to be handing out fines to people, as we'd much rather they didn't drop litter or allow their dogs to foul in the first place, but for those who persist, if you're spotted, then we will take action against you. We're not prepared to tolerate people littering our beautiful area. Those that do get caught need to realise that if they pay the fine immediately, they will avoid the additional costs and surcharges that often get added on when these cases are taken to court."


  1. as someone who's garden always has rubish in it I am pleased to see that the council are doing something about it. I am on record as saying we need to educate kids but they need role models and when I see people come out of a paper shop undo their cigs and drop the cellophane instead of putting in the bin that is next to them you question who needs the for dog mess its disgusting full stop.

  2. Fined for dropping a cigarette end. What a shame TDC don't fine themselves when their bin operatives spew crap all over the roads and pavements. They could make/lose themselves millions!


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