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Eleven People Prosecuted for Littering

Written by on 30 July 2019

Eleven people have been prosecuted by Swale Borough Council for littering in the borough.

The cases were taken to court by the council after each had been caught dropping litter and had been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

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

Cllr Eddie Thomas, deputy cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“Most people are responsible and don’t drop litter but, unfortunately, a small minority do, and expect others to pay for their mess to be cleaned up.

“We are working hard to continue to make sure people know that if we catch them, they will be fined.

“Any surplus from the fixed penalty notice scheme is spent on things like new bins and education initiatives, which we hope will encourage people to help keep the borough clean.”

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

•             Miss Louise Callow of St Georges Avenue, Sheerness

•             Miss Rachel Cherry of Harris Road, Sheerness

•             Miss Sally Clark of Fairview Road, Sittingbourne

•             Miss Janine Cleaver of Meads Avenue, Sittingbourne

•             Mr Tony Firth of Russell Street, Sheerness

•             Miss Vicky Goldsmith of Broom Road, Sittingbourne

•             Miss Rachel Humpfrey of Epps Road, Sittingbourne

•             Miss Samantha May of Wykeham Road, Sittingbourne

•             Miss Julie Phipps of Clarence Road, Sheerness

•             Zoe Rawlinson of North Street, Sittingbourne

•             Laura Vincent of Woodlands, Dargate, Faversham

The cases were heard at Medway Magistrates Court on 18 July 2019.

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