Swansea mum fined for dropping a cigarette
A SWANSEA mum has been caught on camera being fined for dropping a cigarette on the ground.
Amy Marshall was in the wrong place at the wrong time when she dropped the litter outside St Mary's Church in the city centre.
And while she admitted it was her own fault, she said it not something she would usually do. A council enforcement officer saw the incident and issued her with a fixed penalty notice.
The 28-year-old from Portmead said the reason for her cigarette drop was because she was attending to her 22-month-old daughter Hollie.
"It is not something I normally do," she said. "I thew my cigarette as I needed to attend to my daughter. My daughter is more important if she needed something. It was my own fault. I usually put it in the bin."
And as the officer was writing out the notice her daughter accidently threw something to the ground, which was picked up straight away, and had nothing to do with the fine.
"She was holding a magazine and she threw it out of the pram," she said.
Since mid-September more than 250 fixed penalties have been issued, with council bosses hoping it will discourage others to drop litter.
A council spokesman said the litter crackdown is in response to the "huge number of complaints" received.
"The public wants a clean city and we're committed to helping make that happen," he said.
"It's why we spend more than £2.5 million every year on clearing up litter from Swansea's streets. If someone has received a fixed penalty notice then it's because they chose to drop their litter on the floor instead of using a bin."