A MAN who dropped a cigarette butt while talking to an enforcement officer in Chorley town centre now faces a bill of more than £700.

Janis Zeilins, 20, of Woodfield, Clayton Brook, was found guilty, in his absence, of failing to pay a fixed penalty notice issued for dropping litter, in a prosecution by Chorley Council.

Leyland magistrates, sitting at South Ribble Court, heard that a PCSO on duty in Chapel Street was speaking to him while he was smoking. When he finished the cigarette, he threw the butt on the floor and the PCSO warned him he was committing an offence, but he made no reply.

She issued him with a fixed penalty notice and explained how to pay it, or appeal it, but he did neither.

Zeilins was fined £200, and ordered to pay £521 costs, plus a £15 victim surcharge.

Coun Terry Brown, resp-onsible for tackling litter at Chorley Council, said: “Litter, even cigarette ends, makes a place look a mess. It is one of the things that most people complain about, so tackling litter is one of our main priorities.

“I hope this shows that we do take it very seriously, and will prosecute if necessary.”