Discarded cigarette butt costs Colne man £575

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A Colne man who was caught throwing a cigarette end on the floor has been ordered to pay a hefty sum of £575.

Anthony Evans (53), of Seldon Street, was given the fine after failing to attend Pennine Magistrates’ on Thursday, January 29th.

The case was proved in his absence and the court charged Evans £400, plus £135 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

In October a Pendle Council environmental crime officer witnessed Evans throwing his cigarette end on the floor outside Money Generator, in Market Street.

The officer approached Evans to request his details but Evans did to have not give them and e walked off. Despite him claiming he did not work at Money Generator, the officer was able to confirm Evans’ identity with his colleagues there.

On a return visit the next day, Evans confirmed his details. He was later issued with a fixed penalty notice – carrying a fine of £75 – but this went unpaid and he was summoned to court.

Coun. David Clegg, executive member for environmental services, said: “They may be small, but cigarette ends are still classed as litter when they’re flicked onto the floor. Dropping them could see you pick up a sizeable fine, as this case highlights.

“This prosecution should serve as a warning to anyone that they can face a hefty fine, all for failing to do the decent thing and put their rubbish in the bin.”