Published: Friday, 31st January 2020

A woman has been fined £150 for hindering a littering investigation after McDonald’s wrappers were discarded from her car in Gillingham.

On 17 September 2019 Medway Council’s environmental enforcement team received a report that a woman had opened her car door and dropped McDonald’s bag, burger box and chip wrapper in Vicarage Road, Gillingham. There was a rubbish bin less than 50 feet from where the vehicle was parked.

A legal notice was issued to Natalie Hunt, of Shakespeare Road, Gillingham, the registered keeper of the car, which requested the details of the driver on 17 September.

Hunt called the council’s enforcement team and was told to respond to the notice, however, no reply has been received.

Hunt pleaded guilty to failing to respond to the notice at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

Magistrates fined Hunt £150 and ordered her to pay £250 costs and a £32 victim surcharge, totalling £432.

'There is no excuse for littering'

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “Everyone has a responsibility to help keep Medway clean and tidy. There is no excuse for littering. We have more than 1,400 public litter bins across Medway for residents to dispose of their waste. Littering and hindering littering investigations is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Medway.”

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