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New litter officers issue 15 fines in two days

PUBLISHED: 12:20 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:26 06 February 2015

Man dropping his chips

Man dropping his chips

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Gravesham's bid to keep streets clean nets £1,125

IT has only been in place two days but Gravesham Borough Council’s new litter enforcement scheme has already issued 15 fines for a total £1,125

The scheme sees a private contractor - Kingdom - run the service for the council with enforcement officers able to issue on-the-spot fines of £75.

Officers didn’t have to go far to issue the first fine on Wednesday morning. Within a few paces of the Civic Centre entrance they caught a woman discarding a cigarette end on Community Square – just yards from two bins with ashtrays. She was given a £75 fixed penalty notice.

Among the other fines so far was a man fined for spitting a seed onto the street and several other smokers were caught – even though there are many new ashtrays and bins in the town centre.

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