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Woman fined for dumping a crisp

Council officials have shown that there are no parameters on what is classed as ‘waste crime’, with a woman fined for dumping a solitary crisp.

The Cheesy Wotsit was thrown from the window of a car as it drove along Leagrave High Street, with Luton Borough Council officials quick to issue a £75 littering fine.

While the crisp was wrongly identified as a cigarette butt, perpetrator Hilary Buckland was told that it was the council’s policy to issue fines for littering and it made no difference whether it had been a crisp or a cigarette butt.

Mrs Buckland, 46, of Orchard Way, Luton was shocked to receive the fine and felt hard done by as she is always telling her children to clear up litter.

The incident occurred as one of the children in her car threw the crisp on her lap as she was driving. Instinctively, she picked it up and threw it out of the window. However, she reckoned against the eagle-eyed official and promptly received the fine in the post.

Luton Borough Council enforcement chief Jon Maddox said: “The council has invested significantly in a cleaner Luton and my colleagues work hard to make a visible difference. I don’t intend to let a small minority of litter louts take us a step backwards and will take action against anyone I hear of dropping litter.”

Despite Buckland’s pleas, the fine was upheld, illustrating the fact that local council’s are taking an increasingly hard-line approach to tackling waste.

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