Five get fined for littering in streets
FIVE people have been fined for littering the streets of Llandeilo and Llandovery.
Carmarthenshire Council has revealed details of £75 fixed penalty notices handed out to people caught throwing rubbish on the ground during a crackdown in the towns.
Three women were fined for dropping their cigarette ends onto the ground in Llandovery.
Fixed penalty notices were handed down by environmental enforcement officers who were on patrol.
A council spokeswoman said a large amount of cigarette ends were found on the streets and further patrols would be carried out.
Executive board member for environmental and public protection councillor Jim Jones said: "Cigarette ends are not only unsightly but they get trapped in cracks in the pavement which means they are not only difficult to clean up but costly too.
"Many people do not think of cigarette ends are litter but they are and there is no excuse for not putting them in the bin.
"We have a zero tolerance for litter in Carmarthenshire and anyone caught dropping ant type of rubbish will be fined."
Figures show cigarette ends are the most common type of litter found on county streets.
Two people have were also fined £75 after being caught dropping litter in Llandeilo.
In the first incident a man was seen throwing a till receipt onto the ground.
The second fine was given to a man who left a plastic bottle and drinks can on a windowsill.
Councillor Jones added: "Our enforcement officers carry out patrols all over the county.
"Keeping the streets free of litter is a top priority for the council and anyone caught dropping rubbish will be fined."
Failure to pay could result in prosecution in the magistrates court where the maximum fine is £2,500.