A discarded cigarette end cost a litterbug more than £200 after he failed to pay a fixed penalty fine.
Barry Jenkins, 29, was seen dropping the cigarette end in the town’s Murray Street by a council warden, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.
“The incident happened on the first of March in Murray Street,” said Tony Macnab, prosecuting.
“The warden identified himself to Jenkins, and asked for and was given his name and address.
“The warden issued a fixed penalty notice.
“No payment or correspondence has been received since.
“Mr Jenkins is not present at court, so I invite the bench to find the case proved in his absence.”
The magistrates convicted Jenkins, of Stanhope Avenue, Hartlepool, of dropping litter.
Jenkins was ordered to pay fines and costs of £220.