A MAN who threw his cigarette butt onto the street now faces a bill of more than £700 in fines and costs.
Peter Jenkins, from Queensbury Drive, Flint, was caught dropping his cigarette on the pavement outside B&M Stores in the town in September.
He was issued with a £75 fixed penalty notice by a littering enforcement officer.
But after he chose not to pay Flintshire Council took him to court.
Now the 51-year-old is facing a total bill of £712.96 – which includes fines and legal costs after the case was heard at Flintshire Magistrates Court in Mold last week.
Speaking to the Leader, Mr Jenkins said he was “shocked” at what had happened to him.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It is a huge amount to pay just for a fag butt – it was certainly an expensive packet of fags.
“There were cigarette ends everywhere when I dropped mine – hundreds.
“A man in a uniform with a camera came over and told me he had seen me.
“He told me I should have put my cigarette in the bin, but if it had gone on fire they would have been doing me for arson.”
Flintshire Council has hailed its campaign and insists prosecution for non-payment of fines will continue.
Operation Clean-up, which is coinciding with Operation Pooper Snooper which targets irresponsible dog owners, now targets littering, fly-tipping and graffiti.
Mr Jenkins said he is unable to pay the £712 as he is unemployed.
He added: “I didn’t think I should have to pay the first fine, when loads of people
“If they had cautioned me I would have known what could happen if I did it again.
“You only have to walk down the street and you see beer bottles, washing machines and old Christmas trees, but what is being done about that?”
Before Christmas, Flintshire Council revealed 50 fixed penalty notices had been issued since Operation Clean-up began, including 43 for littering.
The operation successfully prosecuted three people on December 20 for failing to pay similar fixed penalty notices for littering.
Lisa Roberts, of Shotton, and Peter Lloyd and Muralikrishna Velakkayala, both from Flint, were all fined in excess of £250.
Cllr Kevin Jones, Flintshire Council cabinet member for waste strategy, public protection and leisure, said: “This is an ongoing campaign and if fixed penalty notices issued by Operation Clean-up are not paid then we will prosecute.
“Dog fouling, littering, fly-tipping and graffiti is anti-social and will not be tolerated.”