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UK student fined £80 for dropping matchstick on the ground

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University student fined £80 for dropping matchstick on Oxford pavement

Daily Mail
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.

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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Police report pregnant woman to social services over half-decorated home

UK Daily Mail
November 10, 2009

A pregnant woman who invited a policewoman into her half- decorated home ended up being reported to social workers for being a potentially unfit mother.

Mary Cooke, 27, was visited by police after she called 999 to report that she had nearly been run down by a speeding car.

The officer did not mention that she was unhappy about the state of Mrs Cooke’s rented house, but after leaving wrote a memo to the social services.

Days later, Mrs Cooke received a letter from Staffordshire County Council, warning her of a potential ‘referral’ for her unborn child. In addition, the council contacted her midwife.

Last night, Mrs Cooke, a housewife who is 12 weeks’ pregnant with her first child, said: ‘The letter made me feel sick. I believe someone was judging me for decorating the house and I can’t believe it. I’m in the first stages of pregnancy. I’d never dream of bringing a child home to a house being decorated.

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