Published: Thursday, 13th December 2018

A van driver has been fined more than £200 after he was seen throwing rubbish out of his window.

In  June 2018 one of Medway Council’s enforcement officers witnessed Darren Watson, of Sunkist Way, Wallington, throw litter out of the driver’s window of a van in Beechings Way, Gillingham, and drive off. 
The 33-year-old was sent a fixed penalty notice for littering but failed to pay. Watson was sent a further letter but didn’t respond. 
Watson failed to appear at Medway Magistrates' Court on Monday, 10 December, and the case was proved in his absence. 
Magistrates fined Watson £220 and ordered him to pay £250 court costs and a £30 victim surcharge. 
Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “Everyone has a responsibility to keep Medway clean and tidy. Littering is unacceptable but often there is no way to trace the culprits. However, in this case the gentleman was given every opportunity to pay a fixed penalty notice to avoid prosecution but he failed to respond to our letters.” 
Any person who is witnessed intentionally dropping, throwing or leaving rubbish, can be issued a £150 fine, or, if prosecuted, could face a fine of up to £2,500. 
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