They said they had seen him discard ‘several cherry stones and a whole cherry’ and handed him an on-the-spot £80 fine.
But they refused to listen and even compared his actions to those who discard cigarette butts on the streets.‘The cherry stones were smaller than my little finger nail,’ he said.
‘The area I threw each stone, on its own, wasn’t where anyone sits or walks.
An environmental consultant was left stunned after he was fined by so-called council ‘litter stasi’ for dropping cherry stones among trees and undergrowth.
Jeff Hughes was walking along eating a bag of cherries in Birkenhead, Merseyside, when he was stopped by two plain-clothed litter officers contracted to work for Wirral Council.
I was saving the bag in my pocket to use it again.’Mr Hughes, a former employee with the Wirral Environmental Network, described himself as an environmental campaigner who has previously taken part in community litter picks and taught others about gardening and waste reduction.
He added: ‘If there is going to be authority for these kind of on-the-spot fines there should be some judgement and common sense from people with the power to issue the tickets.‘I don’t believe the charge to be fair but what’s more it isn’t even addressing the issue.
It was in grass, amongst twigs, seeds and leaves from large trees.‘The worst thing that could happen would be for a cherry tree to grow - I would have understood if it was a cigarette butt or kebab.‘I was told nothing I could say would change the outcome of the charge and the £80 fine, apart from a right to appeal.‘I was also told I should have put the stones in a plastic bag in the bin.
So, the seed would be in a bag taking at least 2,000 years to break down in a landfill?
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