An elderly couple have been "terrorised" by their local council for dropping cherry pips in a park.
Peter Marsh and Gillian Green from Deal, Kent, southeast England were enjoying their favourite fruit at a nearby park but left some of the pips on the ground under the bench, the Daily Mirror newspaper reports.
The couple were stopped by council enforcement offers and handed a £160 penalty for littering.
Peter said: "We ate no more than 15 cherries between us and put the stones at the base of the tree.
"When we left to continue shopping, we were approached by two men who were quite intimidating. We thought they were policemen. They separated my wife and I and were very forthright in demanding identification."