Friday, 18 September 2009


Another 19 people from across Thanet have been fined by the courts, after being caught littering or allowing their dogs to foul.

The latest set of court cases took place in August and September, with 17 people prosecuted for dropping cigarettes. The majority of those were spotted in Margate, while one woman was prosecuted after littering in Hardres Street, Ramsgate.

One person was fined for littering, after dropping paper in Margate High Street, while another was fined for allowing their dog to foul and failing to pick after them in an incident on the grassed area at Minnis Bay, Birchington.

The fines handed out by the courts ranged from £60 to £180, with many receiving the higher fines. They were also all ordered to pay £100 costs and a £15 surcharge, on top of the fines they received.

The latest set of cases mean that 39 people have received fines as part of the council's Drop It and Cop It campaign in the last four months alone.

Cllr. Shirley Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: "Sadly, these new figures show that obviously the message isn't getting out to the hardcore minority that we have zero tolerance on littering and failing to pick up after your dog. Both are unacceptable and are things that local people have told us they want us to take action on. That's exactly what we're doing and, once again, it's proving to be costly for those who get caught. Why on earth would you risk having to pay potentially up to £300, when all you need to do is use a litter bin? It couldn't be simpler."


  1. Lets hope they follow the binmen. Loads of money !!!!

  2. Trouble is the council have removed a lot of litter bins.

  3. More bins would make things much better but come on people have some pride in where you live. I am still shocked by the number of children who I see litter in front of there parents and the parents do nothing about it. What are we teaching the next generation. I say more fines are needed. It is obvious by the amount of litter that there is a serious issue. Thanet council is spending millions of our taxes on cleaning up litter. I can think of much better ways to spend our money then cleaning up after the slobs in out town.


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