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Monday 5 June

£535 for littering in Sittingbourne

A dropped cigarette butt has cost an Epsom man £535, after he was prosecuted for littering in Sittingbourne.

Magistrates at Maidstone Magistrates Court found Anthony Nevin, of Reigate Road, Epsom, guilty and sentenced him to a fine of £50, and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and legal costs of £455 within 90 days.

Mr Nevin failed to pay a fixed penalty notice of £80 having been caught dropping a cigarette on Sittingbourne High Street last year. He pleaded not guilty to the offence of littering in March, and failed to attend the trial on 30 May, where he was found guilty in his absence.

Emma Wiggins, interim director of regeneration at Swale Borough Council, said:

"Some people might think that by ignoring the FPN, we’ll forget about their offence and the problem will go away. This prosecution clearly shows that is not the case.

"We’re determined to get the message through that we - and the overwhelming majority of people in the borough - won’t tolerate littering on our streets."

The cases were heard at Maidstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 30 May.

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

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