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University student fined £80 for dropping matchstick on Oxford pavement

Daily Mail [1]
Monday, November 9, 2009

Demetrios Samouris

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.



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.

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