Flintshire dog fouling and litter fines 'beneficial'

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image captionA total of 4,330 fines were issued for cigarettes, 100 for dog fouling and 296 for other litter

A record 4,726 fines were issued for littering and dog fouling in Flintshire in 2016-17, up from 195 the year before.

The increase came after a private firm was called in to deal with enforcement issues in a 12-month trial.

Most of the £75 fixed penalty notices related to discarded cigarettes.

"This approach has had a beneficial impact on the cleanliness of our town centres and open spaces," a Flintshire council report said.

It is considering appointing a partner to continue to look after the enforcement, including dealing with parking issues.

The council retains 15% of the money.

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