A 38-year-old Adlington man faces a £415 bill for dropping litter outside Chorley bus station.

Kenny Gouldthorpe, of Chorley Road, failed to attend Leyland Magistrates’ Court and was found guilty in his absence of dropping a McDonald’s bag in a prosecution brought by Chorley Council.

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

The magistrates were told that a PCSO on duty in an unmarked police car in Clifford Street saw the defendant, standing with a woman at the front doors of the bus interchange, drop the litter on the ground.

The PCSO parked up and went into the interchange to speak to the defendant asking him to step outside.

Gouldthorpe asked was it because he threw the rubbish and the PCSO confirmed it was.

He apologised, and was given a fixed penalty notice which he failed to pay despite being sent a reminder.

CCTV on the interchange showed Gouldthorpe drop the litter, then pick up the bag after being approached by the PCSO.