Driver Fined £2,000 For Throwing Cigarette Out Of The Window

It's not the best thing to do with cigarette butts, but one man was fined a huge £2000 for throwing one out of his window.

Gary Jones, 30, was given the shocking bill after he ignored an initial £80 fine. The fine, which was given to him by Plymouth's 'litter cops', was then escalated to the City magistrates, who increased it to £300 - he was then ordered to pay £1,665 in court costs after skipping two court hearings.

Plymouth's dedicated 'litter squad'. Credit: Plymouth City Council
Plymouth's dedicated 'litter squad'. Credit: Plymouth City Council

Plymouth City Council took the case to court, saying that it should give a strong message that littering of any kind will not be ignored.

Plymouth city councillor Sally Haydon told PlymouthLive: "Littering is an ongoing problem in Plymouth and we want people to realise that this sort of behaviour is not acceptable.

"People should not be throwing cigarettes and food wrappers from their cars.

"I hope today's fine sends out a strong message that we simply will not tolerate this sort of selfish behaviour and we will not hesitate to take tough action."

Rubbish Walks is a UK based scheme to pick up after people who leave their cigarette ends on the floor. This week, 150,000 were counted in Ipswich.

Its Facebook description reads: "A social enterprise created by Jason Alexander, aka @wildlifegadgetman highlighting the issues of single use plastics, litter and waste."

A recent post showed the true extent of the problem in different cities.

Credit: Facebook/Rubbish Walks
Credit: Facebook/Rubbish Walks

The group posted: "This is the Mountain Of Shame from here in the U.K. to show support and solidarity for my friend Miquel Garau Ginard and his #MountainOfShame campaign to highlight the global issue of discarded cigarette butts polluting our streets, rivers and oceans. Every one a little ticking time bomb of plastic and toxic chemicals.

"A massive well done to Miquel for all his hard work and to all the volunteers around the world showing their support too."

And as if that still wasn't enough of an incentive to stop, it turns out that according to specialists, smoking can cause erectile dysfunction and even shrinkage.

Speaking to Mirror Online, Harley Street urologist Marc Laniado revealed it is not as rare as you might think.

He said: "I see erectile dysfunction a great deal.

"To have a firm erection, you need sufficient blood flow. Smokers have a higher incidence of artherosclerosis in all blood vessels, including those in the penis, which can reduce blood flow.

"The chemicals in smoke may also have an effect on firmness; nicotine causes blood vessels to become narrow. This can be temporary or - eventually - permanent."

You might as well just give up now tbh.

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Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

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