Durham smokers pay penalty for litter habit

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Smokers have been given on-the-spot fines for dropping cigarette ends on the streets of a County Durham town.

Durham County Council's neighbourhood wardens carried out a two-week campaign in Bishop Auckland in September to clear the town centre of litter.

They issued 20 fixed penalty notices amounting to £1,600 and found that the majority were for dropping cigarette ends.

A council spokesman said cigarettes must be put in the bins provided.

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