Dropped cig costs man £741

LITTER: Coun Lowe
LITTER: Coun Lowe

A man faces a bill of more than £700 after he dropped a cigarette butt.

Joseph Morrison, 26, of Eaves Lane, was found guilty in his absence by Chorley magistrates after he failed to turn up at court.

Magistrates heard PCSOs were on duty in an unmarked vehicle in Chapel Street, Chorley, when they saw the defendant throw the cigarette he’d been smoking on the floor outside a takeaway.

Mr Morrison was issued with a fixed penalty notice for littering, but failed to pay despite two reminders being sent.

But magistrates ordered him to pay a £200 fine, £521 costs and a £20 surcharge.

Coun Adrian Lowe, responsible for tackling litter, said: “We work hard to keep our streets litter free and we need everyone to do their bit and place litter and cigarette butts in a bin.

“Litter dropped on the ground makes the place look a mess and it is one of the things the majority of our residents feel very strongly about. So our PCSOs and neighbourhood officers do regular patrols and we will continue to take a tough stance against anyone who does not dispose of litter or cigarette butts correctly.”