A woman who dropped a Greggs paper bag on the street has been hauled to court – 11 years after it happened.
Grace Firth, 32, from Stockport in Greater Manchester, appeared at magistrates court yesterday over the decade-old litter incident.
She had been convicted of the offence in her absence in August 2009 and fined £175 after she allegedly dropped the bag near Bridgewater Place in Manchester.
The student was also ordered to pay £180 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge on top of the fine.
Her offence was so historic that magistrates yesterday questioned whether the date was a mistake.
Grace told the court how she knew nothing about the original prosecution, meaning the case took years to resolve.
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She told the court she first heard of her conviction when she got a letter on December 8, 2019 about a "historical debt".
She said she never received any letters before then because they had been sent to her mum's house by mistake.
Grace told the court: "Any mail for me was returned to sender or thrown away.”
On Tuesday, magistrates accepted her explanation and cancelled the original £180 costs order.
Her fine was reduced to £40 plus the £15 victim surcharge.
Chairman Edward Tasker said: "You've been very fair and very honest.
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"Thank you for being so honest and for turning up.”
The incident comes after Greggs made the headlines by issuing its first ever "black card".
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It explained to the artist that, with the card, Stormzy can now order anything he wants from the menu, “wherever, whenever”.
Greggs also told him: "Straight to your door. Could be Croydon, Glasto, Reading, 100 bags to Flipz’s crib, direct to Fraser T Smith’s Putney studio, even to AJ Tracey’s penthouse on the 47th floor.
"So put your big size 12s, drop us a line, and when you roll in, we’ll roll out."
But Greggs has yet to explain exactly what the advantages are if you get your hands on the card.
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