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Tough on Crime

A woman is to stand trial at crown court for allegedly throwing an apple core out of her car window. Kate Badger, from Cornwall Road in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, refused to pay a £60 on-the-spot fine after the alleged incident in March last year.

The 25-year-old appeared before magistrates in the city where she elected to stand trial at crown court.

The case was adjourned until 12 March. If Ms Badger is found guilty she could be sent to prison.

She denies a charge of “knowingly causing the deposit of controlled waste, namely an apple core, on land which did not have a waste management licence”.

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6 Responses

  1. Since when has an apple core been controlled waste? What was wrong with a good old fashioned littering ticket! This sounds like a council enforcement job rather than old bill.

    Another fine use of taxpayers money, as usual.

    She does look a touch stroppy, it must be said

  2. Do you think your landshark would fancy these…

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7264680.stm

    Or is it just a German jackboot thing? :D

  3. I believed that an apple is biodegradeable and as such is not ‘waste’ for the purposes of the act but hey, what do I know. We don’t need much help to look foolish do we!

    I would be surprised if this was a ‘police’ job.

  4. Miss Badger refused to pay the £60 fine, “I think it’s a ridiculous charge because apples are biodegradable and it’s not like we are talking about a huge bag of rubbish.

    “The council have been to photograph my car and now they’ve taken me to court. I’m being treated like a criminal and they’re wasting taxpayers’ money by going to these lengths.”

  5. When the case is thrown out of court (hopefully not landing in an area which did not have a waste management licence) I hope the costs are paid from the budget of the council department which started this whole comedy, rather than from the general council coffers and the annual appraisals of all those involved reflect this. Of course, council workers are anonymous and none of their names will be made public. I hope the voters remember this when the next lot of council elections come round as the councillors had the opportunity to stop this before it got out of hand.

  6. Actually have no sympathy for the lady. She’s committed an offence, been caught, refused the FPN and has elected to be dealt with at crown court. She is the one hiking the costs up and I hope she has to pay them on top of the fine. Littering is just plain lazy, it makes the environment worse for the rest of us and she should be charged for making someone else clear it up!

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