Local litterers found guilty in court

Legal action by Thanet District Council has seen magistrates dish out over £12,000 worth of fines and costs to 35 people found guilty of littering.

The prosecutions took place on 29 November 2016 at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court as part of a council clampdown on people polluting the district.

All 35 offenders ignored the local authority’s fixed penalty notice of £80 and two warning letters sent following the missed payment deadline, leaving the council with no alternative but to take the cases to court.

Councillor Suzanne Brimm, Cabinet Member for Operational Services said: “People need to take littering very seriously and think about the knock-on effect it has on other people 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, then we will do it.”

Found guilty of littering in court

Each person listed below was fined £220 plus £120 costs and £30 victim surcharge.
Total bill each: £370:

  1. Joel Balsom, 31 of St Augustines Road, Ramsgate
  2. Charine Butterworth, 18 of Grange Road, Ramsgate
  3. Danielle Chapman, 26 of Chatham Street, Ramsgate
  4. Lauren Cooper, 26 of Godwin Road, Margate
  5. Marian Danila, 36 of Segal Close, Margate
  6. Jennifer Davis, 31 of Brunswick Street, Ramsgate
  7. Ian Honeyball, 40 of High Street, Margate
  8. Callum Humprys, 19 of Fulham Avenue, Margate
  9. Vikki James, 38 of Manston Court Road, Ramsgate
  10. Davis Kamure, 35 of Abbey Road, London
  11. Jennifer Keeler, 31 of Winstanley Crescent, Ramsgate
  12. Jamila Kosova, 46 of Dalby Square Margate
  13. Fae Lalor, 22 of Dundonald Road, Broadstairs
  14. Details removed
  15. Anastasios Marinica, 21 of Victoria Road, Margate
  16. Simon Mellin, 49 of Lorne Road, Ramsgate
  17. Aleksandr Melmiciuk,  28 of High Street, Margate
  18. Carol Perkins, 49 of Pound Lane, London
  19. Lorrane Philpott,  40 of Marlowe Road, Margate
  20. Sandra Robinson, 55 of Cordingham Close, Whitstable
  21. Kieron Sackett, 21 of Swinford Gardens, Margate
  22. Keri Saunders, 18 of Kirkstone Avenue, Ramsgate
  23. Asparuh Stoyanou, 34 of High Street, Margate
  24. Victoria Tomkins, 45 of Norfolk Road, Margate
  25. Cassia Weaver, 31 of Grove Vale, London
  26. Timothy Wilks, 44 of Birling Avenue, Maidstone
  27. Lesley Woodards, 56 of Clifton Street, Margate
  28. Details removed
  29. Natalie Wyche, 30 of Newington Road, Ramsgate

Pleaded Guilty

  1. Rebecca Damen, 49, of Fort Crescent, Margate. Fined £147 with £120 costs and £20 victim surcharge. Total: £287.
  2. David Mamby, 49, of Boundary Road, Ramsgate. Fined £147 with £120 costs and £20 victim surcharge. Total: £287.
  3. Jade Marston, 24, of Trinity Square, Margate.  Fined  £147 with £120 costs and £20 victim surcharge. Total: £287.
  4. Chloe Rowe, 20 of Trinity Square, Margate.  Fines £147 with £120 costs and £20 victim surcharge.  Total: £287.
  5. Dominie Smith,  33 of Appledore Close, Margate.  Fined £147 with £120 costs and £20 victim surcharge. Total: £287.
  6. Lynne Waple, 63 of Tivoli Road Margate.  Fined £80 with £120 costs and £20 victim surcharge.  Total: £220.

Remember…

  • There will be no warnings.
  • If you drop 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.
  • That you can use bins without ashtrays, extinguish the cigarette first, then place it in the bin.
  • If a littering case goes to court, an offender risks receiving a fine of up to £2,500.

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