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Litterbugs receive fines totalling more than £4500

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Thirteen people have appeared in court after a crackdown on dropping litter in Thanet.

The offenders had ignored fixed penalty notices and reminders. They face fines and costs of more than £362 each.

Thanet Council has issued the following reminders:

  • There will be no warnings - if you drop any litter (including cigarette butts or chewing gum) you will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80
  • Not having a bin to hand is not an excuse for littering
  • The offence is complete once the item is deposited and left
  • Placing a cigarette end down a drain is still an offence which will result in a fine
  • You can use bins without ashtrays, extinguish the cigarette first, and then place it in the bin
  • If a littering case goes to court, an offender risks receiving a fine of up to £2,500