Reportedly, half the people given on-the-spot fines by police in Kent are not paying up. I wonder if anyone knows what the ratio for Thanet is?
Police can issue a fine of either £50 or £80 for anti-social behaviour offences and offenders have 21 days in which to pay, after which the matter is referred to magistrates' court.
However Kent Police figures show that of 7,537 fines or Penalty Notices for Disorder (PNDs) issued in 2006, only 3,769 were paid within the 21-day period. During 2005, police issued 5,150 PNDs, of which 2,690 were paid.
Ed: This statistic doesn't sound very impressive to me and with the courts overworked, it's possibly another example of a group within society not being pursued, because it's too much trouble and cost to enforce the law. I would love to know, for example, how many people have been fined by our local dog wardens and paid-up?