Wednesday, 25 February 2009

CARELESSNESS RESULTS IN FINES

Thanet district Council press release

Three Margate residents have all been handed fines by Magistrates for throwing litter on to the ground, as part of the council’s “Drop It and Cop It” campaign.

Matthew Gore from Northdown Road, Cliftonville failed to respond to a summons and was fined £100, plus £100 costs and a £15 surcharge, after he dropped food on to the ground outside St. Paul’s Church in Northdown Road.

Lorraine Philpott, also from Northdown Road, pleaded guilty to throwing litter on to the ground outside McDonald’s in Margate High Street and was fined £60 and ordered to pay £40 costs and a £15 surcharge.

The same punishment has handed out to Leigh Vial from Addington Road, Margate, who pleaded guilty by post to dropping litter in Margate High Street.

Cllr. Shirley Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Commercial and Environmental Services, said: “It’s so sad that we’re still seeing littering cases like this coming to court. It’s clear that we have a small minority in Thanet who are intent on spoiling our beautiful area for everyone else. They need to start understanding that if they drop litter and they’re spotted, the council will be taking action against them. If that happens, it’s far cheaper to pay up on the spot, rather than having the case go to court, as these cases show.”

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