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Sausage roll fine case dismissed

Sarah Davies
The young mother said the pastry was eaten by pigeons

A mother who was taken to court after refusing to pay a 75 fine for dropping a piece of sausage roll on the pavement has had her case dismissed.

Sarah Davies, 20, was stopped by council officials after she dropped the pastry while giving it to her daughter Chloe, aged four, in Hull city centre.

Miss Davies, of Beverley Road, was charged with littering after refusing to pay the fixed penalty notice.

Hull magistrates dismissed her case at a hearing earlier.

Miss Davies was walking with her daughter outside Hull Central Library when she reportedly dropped the "bite-sized" piece of sausage roll.

The council said its officers claimed they had seen Miss Davies throw a wrapper on the pavement.

I thought why should I [pay] because that's going to make me look guilty when I'm not
Sarah Davies

But Miss Davies has always stood by her story that she had been feeding her daughter when a piece of the sausage roll fell from her daughter's mouth.

The young mother said the sausage roll was eaten by pigeons after it fell to the floor.

She pleaded not guilty to littering at an earlier hearing at Hull Magistrates Court.

Speaking after Wednesday's court hearing, Miss Davies said she was determined to "stand her ground and prove she was innocent".

'Zero tolerance'

"I had to stand my ground because they were trying to make me pay. I'm a single mum - I can't afford to pay out 75, even though other people did offer to pay it," she said.

"In the end I thought why should I because that's going to make me look guilty when I'm not guilty, so I stood my ground and hopefully other people will do the same."

Hull City Council said it would continue to take a zero tolerance approach to littering.

A spokeswoman for the council's Citysafe environmental crime unit said: "Hull City Council has taken a zero tolerance approach to environmental crimes since April 2006 and will continue to do so.

"Anyone found to be littering will be issued with a 75 fixed penalty notice, or if they have previously received a fine they will be automatically prosecuted in court.

"The council's zero tolerance approach aims to reduce the feeling of neglect and lack of respect within neighbourhoods and to help improve the quality of people's lives and encourage civic pride."

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