Monday, November 9, 2009
Oxford University student Demetrios Samouris, right, is confronted by Oxford environmental enforcement officer Natalie Hughes, left, and fined £80 for dropping a matchstick on the pavement while shopping with his girlfriend.
A university student has been fined £80 pounds by a street warden – for dropping a matchstick on the pavement.
The 22-year-old was swooped on by one of Oxford City Council’s warders as he shopped with his girlfriend in the city centre.
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Demetrios Samouris, a student at London School of Economics, today described the fine as a ‘bit harsh’ and a council spokesman admitted it was the first time it had fined someone for dropping a matchstick.
The student fell victim to the council’s ‘zero tolerance’ crackdown on clearing up Oxford’s litter-strewn streets.
The street wardens, aided by Police Community Support Officers and enforcement officers are in the middle of a campaign to clear litter off Oxford’s streets as part of the city council’s ‘Cleaner Greener Oxford’ initiative.
This article was posted: Monday, November 9, 2009 at 11:12 am