• 'There is no way I'm paying the fine for dropping a fag end outside my own front door'
• Council bosses: 'Eco-criminals will not be tolerated'
By Emily Allen
A mother-of-three fined almost £500 for dropping a cigarette has said she she would rather go to jail than pay the charge.
Tracey John, 48, was smoking on her front doorstep when she was seen by a litter enforcement officer dropping the butt on the pavement outside her home.
She refused to pay the on-the-spot fine of £75 and, after her case was sent to magistrates court, has been ordered to pay £465 - one of Britain's biggest-ever charges for dropping a single cigarette.
But Ms John said yesterday she had no intention of paying and is even prepared to go to prison.
'Eco-crime': Tracey John, 48, having a cigarette outside her home in Pontypridd. She was fined after a passing litter enforcement officer saw her drop a cigarette on the pavement in front of her home
She said: 'I'll go to jail if I have to - there is no way I'm paying the fine for dropping a fag end outside my own front door.
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