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Thursday 26 October

Repeat offender hit with higher fine

A Teynham woman was fined £300 last week for failing to pay a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for littering in the borough.

Miss Emma Cotgrove of Henley Place, London Road, Teynham, received a higher fine due to the fact that this was not her first offence.

She has a previous conviction for littering on 19 June 2017. As well as being fined, £300, Miss Cotgrove was ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge and £205 costs.

Cllr Alan Horton, cabinet member for safer families and communities at the council, said:

"I’m pleased that magistrates have taken the repeat offence into account when setting the level of fine – it reinforces our message that littering isn’t acceptable, and local people won’t tolerate it.

"When caught, most people accept that they have committed an offence, and learn their lesson. Unfortunately, there are a few who think we aren’t serious, and they will get away with not paying. Clearly 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."

Six other people were prosecuted for failing to pay a FPN for littering in the borough after each had been caught dropping litter, and had been issued with an FPN.

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

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

The cases were heard at Maidstone Magistrates Court on 16 October.

Any surplus income – above what it costs to provide the FPN scheme - is used for local environmental initiatives such as new bins, litter picks and pocket ash trays for smokers.

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

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