Man fined £150 for throwing drinks can
A MAN has been fined £150 by the courts after throwing a drinks can into someone’s garden.
David Martin, aged 33, formerly of Cwmntarw Farm, Saron Road, Saron, near Ammanford, pleaded guilty by post to an offence contrary to Section 87 Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Ammanford Magistrates Court.
The prosecution was brought by Carmarthenshire County Council.
The court heard that the council’s environmental enforcement officers were on duty on Thursday, July 8 when they saw a male walking and drinking from a can and then throw it into a garden of a house on Saron Road.
The officers approached the man and explained what they had seen and issued him with a fixed penalty notice of £75.
However, Martin failed to pay the fine and was subsequently traced to an address in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The council now hopes this latest case will act as a warning to would-be litterbugs in the county that if they flout the law they will be prosecuted.
The council’s executive board member for the environment Councillor Philip Hughes said: “Dropping litter is against the law, whether it is discarding rubbish from a vehicle, throwing cigarette ends or spitting out chewing gum. This will not be tolerated and the culprits will be punished.
“We are determined to make Carmarthenshire a cleaner, greener and safer place to live for everyone.”