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Dover man fined £317 for dropping a cigarette

A man from Dover has been ordered to pay more than £300 in costs for dropping a cigarette in the street.

Nicholas Gavin, of Elms Vale Road, pleaded guilty by post to the offence of depositing litter.

At Canterbury Magistrates Court on Wednesday (June 1) he was handed a bill for £317.

Cigarette butt
Cigarette butt

This included a fine of £147, and costs of £150 with a victim surcharge of £20.

The prosecution was brought by Dover District Council, after an environmental enforcement officer saw Mr Galvin drop a cigarette in Elms Vale Road and then drive away.

He was issued a Fixed Penalty Notice and when this was not paid, the council took Galvin to court.

Paul Neagle, DDC Environmental Protection Manager said: “We continue to work hard to address issues of littering, and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action wherever appropriate.”

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