A GRANDMOTHER was given a £75 littering fine by a “jobsworth” council official – after a strand of cotton fell from her glove to the pavement. Smartly-dressed Valerie George, 71, was shopping and did not notice the thread drop to the floor. She was stunned when the environment officer stopped her and, after she protested her innocence, took her to the spot and showed her the curled up strand of cotton. He then gave her a £75 on-the-spot fine for dropping litter. Valerie, a mother-of-five, said yesterday: “I couldn’t believe my eyes. I’m just an ordinary grandmother out shopping, not a litter lout throwing rubbish around.”  Last night embarrassed council officials confirmed they had issued the fine.

However they said they would rescind it and she would not be forced to pay it out of her £105 weekly pension.                 –EUK

But a furious Valerie, who had been shopping in her home town of Brynmawr, near Ebbw Vale, south Wales, when she was stopped, said: “I wouldn’t have paid it anyway – I would rather have gone to court. EUK