Published: Tuesday, 14th January 2020

The owner of a vehicle has been ordered to pay more than £800 after litter was thrown from his vehicle.

On 20 May 2019 a police community support officer saw the female driver of a vehicle throw an energy drink can out of the window along Abbey Road in Strood. 

The offence was reported to Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team who Issued a legal notice to the registered keeper of the vehicle, Neil Smith, 39, of Leybourne Road, Strood, requesting the details of the driver on 20 May 2019.

Smith, during a telephone conversation, admitted that he knew the driver however he did not provide their details and the case was taken to court. 

Smith pleaded not guilty to failing to comply with a notice relating to a littering offence at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 12 December 2019 however he failed to attend the trial on 8 January 2020 and the case was proven in his absence. 

Magistrates fined Smith £300 and ordered him to pay costs of £500 and a £32 victim surcharge, totalling £832.  

Littering is completely unacceptable

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “Littering, and hindering a littering investigation, is completely unacceptable. As the registered keeper of the vehicle this gentleman failed to cooperate with our investigation and was prosecuted. We all have a responsibility to help keep Medway clean and tidy.”

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