A TOTAL of 268 fines were issued for littering and dog fouling offences across Wrexham last month.

Figures for April compiled by Kingdom, the environmental enforcement firm contracted by Wrexham Council to tackle littering, shows that 241 of those fines were issued for dropping cigarettes.

Of the other fixed penalty notices issued, six were issued for dogs being in areas they are excluded from, seven were for dropping food, five were for dog fouling, eight were for general littering (cans, wrappers, tissue, plastic) and one was issued for 'printed' litter (receipts or paper).

The statistics, which have been sent to Caia Park Community Council ahead of their meeting this month, show that 100 FPNs were issued in the Grosvenor ward of Wrexham town centre, accounting for 37.31 per cent of all those handed out.

Other wards across the town centre and county borough in which fines were issued were Acton (12), Bronington (one), Brynyfynnon (39), Cefn (three), Chirk North (22), Chirk South (four), Dyffryn Ceiriog / Ceiriog Valley (two), Erddig (three), Esclusham (nine), Hermitage (two), Holt (11), Johnstown (three), Llangollen Rural (one), Llay (three), Maesydre (six), Offa (nine), Overton (one), Penycae / Ruabon South (one), Plas Madoc (one), Queensway (one), Ruabon (seven) Smithfield (25) and Whitegate (two).

In a note sent as part of the statistics, a Kingdom spokesman said: "We issued 268 Fixed Penalty Notices during the month of April 2018.

"We have received 18 representations. All of these have now been closed.

"Officers have continued following up a number of requests involving dog fouling issues. Some of these patrols have been successful.

"We have been allocated special officers on a weekly basis to focus on particular hotspots from complaints received.

"All wards within the borough have been covered, with at least 20 minutes per visit being utilised to carry out foot patrols within the highlighted areas.

"This has allowed us to address areas which need more signage and also give a visual presence of our officers patrol to residents."

Members of Caia Park Community Council will discuss the figures for their wards at their meeting this month.