Councils in the North east have issues thousands of fines for those dropping cigarette ends a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Skye Tyne an Wear report: 

North East councils are making thousands of pounds from smokers who litter the streets with disused cigarette ends.

Figures gathered by Sky Tyne and Wear under the Freedom Of Information Act reveal that authorities in the region have made £196,425 since 2009 in fines for dropping a cigarette.

Newcastle City Council has imposed the most, with 1,905 penalty notices, including 1,558 in 2012.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.