A man is out of pocket to the tune of £515 after he was spotted dropping two cigarette butts in central Watford.

Watford Borough Council said Phillip Lawrence was caught by an enforcement officer while sitting on a step in Queens Road in July and was issued a fine.

However, after failing to pay the fine, the 23-year-old, from Muirfield Road, South Oxhey, was summoned to Watford Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 18.

After failing to appear at court, the case proved in his absence and he was fined £200.

Lawrence was also ordered to pay £300 court costs and a victim surcharge of £15.