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Nearly 20 Gravesend litterbugs fined

PUBLISHED: 11:15 16 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:15 16 October 2015

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19 people were fined for littering by Medway Magistrates

More than £8,000 in fines and costs were issued across 19 people who failed to pay penalty notices for littering in Gravesend.

Gravesham Borough Council brought 21 cases to Medway Magistrates, after failing to pay a £75 fixed penalty fine in time.

Two defendants pleaded not guilty with cases set for trial in December.

14 defendants were found guilty after they failed to go to court, each person was ordered to pay £425 within 14 days.

One case pleaded guilty but told the court she could not afford the fine, she was ordered to pay a total of £225 at £10 a fortnight, another also pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay £175 at £10 a fortnight.

Another defendant was fined £200 for littering and a further £150 for providing false details, combined with costs and victim surcharge they were ordered to pay £575.

Council leader John Cubitt said: “This serves to underline that anyone who receives a fixed penalty fine for littering and refuses to pay will be pursued through the courts.

“Those who consistently flout the law will have to understand that there will be consequences.”

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