A NEW enforcement contract to tackle dog fouling and littering in communities close to Barnsley town centre is to be introduced with a direct instruction from councillors to avoid fining those who drop cigarette ends.

Coun Margaret Bruff said one elderly woman had attended a council surgery as a result of being stopped by a group of three Kingdom staff who imposed a fine after she was seen dropping a cigarette in Eldon Street.

The meeting heard that some people will use their shoe to stub out a burning cigarette on the ground before putting in a bin, a practice which could leave them at risk of being fined.

Should people who drop a cigarette butt be fined?