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Eight litterers given huge fines in Thanet for refusing to pay FPNs

clip_image002Eight litterers in Thanet are finding out the hard way that it is better to pay their original Fixed Penalty Notice of £80, rather than ignore it and take a much harder hit in court.

Thanet District Council, who Kingdom provide Environmental Protection services to, has recently taken legal action against eight local litterers, who have now been given over £2,400 worth of fines and costs by magistrates.

Each of the litterers was initially given a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £80 by one of Kingdom’s Environmental Protection officers after being caught either dropping litter or not cleaning up after the dog. After missing the deadline to pay, each of the offenders were then sent two warning letters, which they also ignored. They were therefore prosecuted at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 20th September.

Five of these litterers failed to turn up for their court case, and so were found guilty in their absence. These five were each fined £220 along with £120 costs and £22 victim surcharge, meaning each of them had to pay £362. Three more also didn’t attend, but contacted the court with mitigating circumstances, which the magistrates took into consideration when passing sentence. These three paid totals of £290, £100 and £287.

Kingdom started a 12 month trial in June 2015 as part of Thanet District Council’s crackdown on people littering and dog fouling in the district. They were awarded a new three year contract this month following the success of the trial period. During the 12 month trial period they issued over 3,300 Fixed Penalty Notices.

Commenting on the cases, Thanet District Council’s cabinet member for Operational Services Councillor Suzanne Brimm said: "The issue of littering should be taken very seriously, those who do it should think about the knock-off effect it has on others and our environment. Prosecutions take up a lot of time and money, but if that's what it takes to make Thanet the best possible place for our residents, we will do it.

"The council provides over 380 litter bins on Thanet's streets, 100 in the district's parks and open spaces and an additional 200 on the beaches and promenades during the summer. If residents or visitors are unable to find a bin then they should take their rubbish home with them."

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