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I was fined £75 for feeding the ducks by the river

A WOMAN shared how she was made to feel like “a criminal” for feeding the ducks.

Sylvie Ludlow, 73, was fined £75 last month for treating the birds on the River Darent in Dartford, Kent.

Sylvie Ludlow has been fined for feeding the ducks on St Saviors Walk in Dartford, Kent

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Sylvie Ludlow has been fined for feeding the ducks on St Saviors Walk in Dartford, KentCredit: Facebook

The retiree says she spoils the ducks every week after visiting the city’s market – and claims she’s not the only one.

But on February 17, Sylvie was approached by a Dartford City Council enforcement officer who slapped her with a £75 fine for littering.

she said KentOnline: “I have never committed a crime in my entire life. I was so upset and shocked when accused of rubbish. I was treated like a criminal.

“It’s not litter, once you leave the seeds and bread it’s gone.”

She added: “I actually pick up other people’s trash when I see it. I collect plastic bottles or cans and recycle them. It was so annoying to be accused of creating trash.”

Sylvie’s partner Mark Smith, who was with her at the time, wrote a post on Facebook about the fine and asked if anyone else had received one.

Comments flooded in to say they were shocked by the fine – as they also enjoy going to the river to feed the birds on St Saviour’s Walk.

The post was soon spotted by council leader Jeremy Kite, who immediately stepped in to help.

And both Sylvie’s fine and two others have been annulled.

Sylvie’s partner wrote on Facebook: “Has anyone else been fined £75 for feeding the ducks and geese on St Saviors Walk?

“I know that many come here to feed them. I have to say that the issue has been resolved with a special thanks to Jeremy Kite who sorted this out without being asked!”

Many people say they also feed the ducks in the area

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Many people say they also feed the ducks in the areaCredit: Facebook

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Bobby Allyn

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