Guernsey Police target smokers who litter

Guernsey Police aim to reduce littering in St Peter Port by issuing on the spot fines to offenders.

Plain clothes officers have been targeting smokers who drop cigarette butts.

Some of those fined told the BBC they thought the £70 fines were too expensive for the nature of the crime.

PC Robbie Dover said they were targeting smokers due to the complaints received by parish authorities about the number of butts in the town area.

He said parish officials were concerned the litter gave a "negative impression" to visitors.

Ambrose Wynne-James, 23, was one of those fined and he suggested the high cost of the fines could lead some people into financial problems.

Since more fixed penalties were introduced last year the force has used them to target antisocial behaviour such as dog fouling.

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