The other day my dad was about to get in the car to go shopping, when he kicked some crisp packets that were on the pavement into the gutter. An eager member of an enviromental department in the Council was on his way to work and saw him do it.
He calls dad over, and told him that he saw him deposit the crisp packets onto the ground and could issue him with a fine. Dad explained they had been on the pavement, and he’d kicked them into the road as he knew the road sweepers were due along. The council guy told him to pick them up, to which dad said no, got in the car, and drove off.
Now I understand that littering is an offence etc but here is where I am asking for some advice.
2 days later, mum receives a letter addressed to her from this guy at the council, saying that she needs to tell them who was driving the car at the time (car is in her name) otherwise she faces a fine of up to £1000.
Having read this letter, it is full of mistakes - postcode of mum and dads property, mums name, and most importantly the date of the “offence” (as well as basic errors like being written in full sentences).
The letter states the 24th April 2010 as the date the offence took place, where as the form that needs to be filled in says that it happened on 24th March 2011. Here is where the question lies. We want to contest this letter, but mum is worried that she is going to get a fine/go to court. With the errors in the letter (the main one being the date), where would the contents of the councils letter stand legally?
Sorry for the rambling post, and replies/adicve would be greatfully received