A young woman was ordered to pay over £650 in fees after dropping a cigarette butt in Rochdale.

Chloe Lluch, 23, of Box Street, Littleborough, was due to appear in front of Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Friday, April 9 for the offence.

She was spotted throwing away a cigarette end on Yorkshire Street, Rochdale, by a town centre enforcement warden with the council, who gave her a fine.

After failing to pay the fee, she was taken to court, but failed to turn up for the hearing.

She was found guilty of littering in her absence, where the court handed out a £330 fine, and ordered her to pay £295 in costs and a victim surcharge of £33.

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Two other residents were also fined by the courts.

John Tunney, 49, of Belfield Lane, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping in front of Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on April 9.

He admitted to dumping bags of waste to the rear of Belfield Lane, and was given a fine, which he failed to pay.

The court fined him £150, and he was also ordered to pay £100 towards costs, and a £32 victim surcharge.

John Tunney admitted to fly-tipping on Belfield Lane

Karla Pokutova, 27, of Essex Street, Rochdale, was also due in front of the courts on April 9, but failed to appear.

She had previously admitted to dumping a bag of waste on the road at Suffolk Street, Rochdale, and had been given a fine, which she failed to pay.

The court found her guilty of the offence in her absence, and fined her £330, before ordering her to pay £285 in costs and a victim surcharge of £33.

Karla Pokutova admitted she'd dumped some of the litter found on Suffolk Street

Seven other people failed to attend the court, and warrants for their arrests were issued.

Mark Widdup, director of neighbourhoods at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Littering no matter how small is just not acceptable. Everyone must take responsibility of their own waste and we thank those who help us crack down on residents who simply have no regard in keeping our borough safe and tidy.

“We are making headway in tackling those who dump waste, including a wider project that will see additional CCTV cameras installed across the borough; plus trials on solar bins that compact waste to allow more room to accept litter.

"However, the onus must be on residents to not dump waste - either put it in the bin; take it home or to one of the local household waste recycling centres.”

If you have any information about fly-tipping, littering, or those responsible for dumping waste, please report it on the council website or by calling 0300 303 8884.

Information about how to dispose of larger bulky waste and the locations of recycling centres can be found on the council's recycling site.