£300 for a takeaway for one and £250 for a single cigarette.

Two people have found that littering in Medway can be very expensive.

Pepe Fernandez’s visit to a takeway cost him more than £300, whilst Tom Bradley’s cigarette cost him more than £250.

Fernandez, aged 26 and from Longhill Avenue in Chatham, was seen throwing the rubbish from the window of his car during a visit to Strood takeaway in October last year. He was approached by an Environmental Enforcement Officer from Medway Council who issued a fixed penalty notice. However Fernandez failed to pay the fine and was taken to court, where he failed to appear. He was found guilty in his absence,fined £175, ordered to pay £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Bradley, 18 and from Durham Avenue, Romford, threw his cigarette onto the pavement in Chatham High Street in September last year. He was approached by a community officer and issued with a fixed penalty notice which he failed to pay.He was then summonsed to appear in court and pleaded guilty by letter. He was fined £100, ordered to pay £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Andy McGrath, Medway Council’s Assistant Director for Frontline Services, said: ““Medway Council spends about £2.9 million each year removing litter and fly-tipping from streets and open spaces with cigarette litter particularly expensive to remove. “People must understand that the council takes a zero tolerance approach to littering and anyone who deliberately litters the streets will be fined and, if necessary, taken to court.”

Fixed penalty notices are for £80 which are reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days.

Both cases were heard at Medway Magistrates Court on Monday April 18.

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