THE council has U-turned after a resident complained about being issued a fixed-penalty notice for putting up a missing cat poster.

After Lynda Dyson, of Avon Road, Walthamstow, was issued with a £75 notice last week for putting up a poster about her missing cat, Fluffy, the Guardian has learned that she will not have to pay the fine.

A Waltham Forest Council spokesman said: "This fixed penalty notice was cancelled as soon as we realised it had been issued in error.

"In this case a mistake was made and we would like to apologise unreservedly to Ms Dyson for any offence or alarm that was caused."

Ms Dyson said: “I am really happy that the council has seen sense because it is a rational response, so I am really pleased.”

The council, which is running a campaign to clamp down on environmental crime, issued the fix-penalty notice to Ms Dyson under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act for fly-posting.

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