Smoker fined £560 over butt

A man from Tonypandy has been told he must pay £560 after ignoring a £75 fine for dropping a cigarette butt and a subsequent court summons.

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Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has gathered £43,950 in fines for things like dropping cigarette butts in the last year. Credit: PA

A smoker in Rhondda Cynon Taf has been hit with a £560 bill, for throwing his cigarette butt into the road in Pontyclun.

The council said Gethin Richards, 30, from Tonypandy, has to pay its biggest smoking fine yet.

He was prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act, after being caught by the council's 'streetcare enforcement team.'

He was originally given a £75 fixed penalty notice, but after he failed to pay it the case went to magistrates court, and the total £560 bill also included costs.

Over the last year, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has recovered £43,950 from fixed penalty notices for acts of 'environmental crime' - which include dog fouling, fly tipping, littering and dropping cigarette butts.

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