DROPPED cigarette ends have cost Pembrokeshire litterers more than £124,350 in the last six months.

District Enforcement - a firm employed by Pembrokeshire County Council - has released figures showing 1,888 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) have been issued on the county's streets since September 2018.

FPNs can be handed out for 'environmental crimes' such as dog fouling, littering, fly-posting and graffiti, and carry a charge of £150, which is reduced to £75 for early payment.

Top of the drops were cigarette butts, with 1,150 fines for cigarettes ends and 508 for roll-up cigarettes.

Irresponsible dog owners clocked up at least £2,025 in fines, with 27 instances recorded - more than the total over the previous five years.

Almost half of these were in Milford Haven, with Pembroke Dock and Tenby coming 'joint second' when it comes to not cleaning up after their pets.

Thirteen proved unlucky for those dropping packaging on the floor, with at least £975 in fines issued for this type of littering.

The top three locations for FPNs being handed out were Haverfordwest (836 FPNs), Milford Haven (482) and Pembroke Dock (338).

More men were caught littering - 1,111 to 777 women, with the highest number of FPNs issued to those in the 20 to 29 years age bracket.

Next highest were those aged between 50 and 59, but over-70s were the best behaved, clocking up just 101 FPNs between September and February.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Regulatory Services, Councillor Pat Davies said the partnership with District Enforcement was working.

"Receiving a fixed penalty notice for any environmental crime is not a badge of honour," she said.

"It should be a source of shame.

"We’re determined to try and keep our streets clean and together with District Enforcement, that is what we are striving to do."