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Campaign reduces smoking litter

The number of cigarette ends littering a Northamptonshire town fell by almost half after a crackdown on smoking litter, a council has said.

About 450 portable ashtrays were given out during July by Daventry District Council, which also stepped up patrols by enforcement officers.

Staff counted the cigarette butts in five areas of Daventry before and after the campaign and saw a 46% reduction.

The council said it showed bad habits could be changed "with encouragement".

It has issued three fixed penalty notices, which carry a £75 fine, to people caught dumping smoking litter since July last year.



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