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Kidwelly smoker to pay £860 over dropped cigarette butt

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Image caption Most of Carmarthenshire's litter involves cigarette ends

A smoker has been ordered to pay £860 for dropping a cigarette end on a street in Carmarthenshire.

The man, 30, from Kidwelly, was spotted throwing the butt away by enforcement officers outside a British Heart Foundation charity shop in Llanelli.

He refused to pay a £75 fixed penalty notice and was convicted in his absence by Carmarthen magistrates.

He was fined £600 and must also pay £200 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Carmarthenshire Council said 83% of litter on the county's streets was smoking-related and anyone spotted dropping litter would be fined.

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