Smoker fined £470 for dropping cigarette in Gillingham High Street
A SMOKER has been ordered to pay almost £470 after dropping a cigarette butt on Gillingham High Street.
David Lockwood was seen discarding his cigarette butt on the pavement outside Greggs bakery by one of Medway Council’s assistant community officers.
The 35-year-old told the community officer he could not afford to pay a fine for littering because he was on benefits. Despite being offered an extension to pay up he refused and a court case was brought against him
Lockwood, of Jeffery Street in Gillingham, did not appear at Medway Magistrates Court on Tuesday so the case was heard in his absence.
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He was fined £200 and ordered to pay £252 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Chairman of the bench Colin Smith said: “Just because people are on benefits, doesn't mean they can commit crime and get away with it. Lockwood could have paid £60, now he has to pay £467.”
Medway councillor Mike O’Brien said: “People cannot litter our streets and think they can get away with it just because they are on a low income or benefits.
“Keeping Medway clean and green is for the benefit of everyone in our community and it is a shame that a minority do not consider others before throwing their litter on the floor.”