A motorist who threw away a parking fixed penalty notice in a Kidderminster street has been fined for littering by a court in his absence.

Kidderminster Magistrates fined John Thomas Wilde of Woodbury Road, Kidderminster, £220 and ordered him to pay costs of almost £250 after he failed to attend a hearing on Friday 17 November 2017.

The case against him was heard in his absence and the court found him guilty of littering.

Nina Dorrell, prosecuting for Wyre Forest District Council, told the court how on 5 April 2017 Mr Wilde was seen discarding a fixed penalty notice that had been issued to him moments earlier in respect of his parking in Callows Lane, Kidderminster. Mr Wilde refused to have the matter dealt with through a fixed penalty notice and the matter went to the court.

On 17 November 2017 magistrates fined Mr Wilde in his absence £220.00. He was also ordered to pay £30.00 victim surcharge and £249.81 in costs.

Cabinet Member for Operational Services Councillor Rebecca Vale said: “This is another example of someone incurring additional expense because of their anti-social behaviour.

“There is never a good excuse to throw litter in the street and we owe it to the majority of our residents who support our ongoing commitment to keeping the district clean and looking good to take action in cases like this.”