A DRIVER has been ordered to pay more than £700 after another motorist caught him on camera throwing a fast-food wrapper out of the window.

Dashcam footage was used for the first time by Bolton Council to prosecute someone for littering or fly-tipping.

The film was supplied by a motorist who had challenged the driver and was outraged by his reply: “I’m a taxpayer so I can do as I please”.

It shows the driver of the car putting his arm out of the window and throwing the litter on to the pavement.

Officers tracked the car to its registered keeper, Samuel Lowe and he was summoned to court. He was found guilty in his absence at Bolton littering last week. Mr Lowe, aged 24 of Torrington Avenue off Halliwell Road, has been ordered to pay a fine of £440, costs of £251 and a victim surcharge of £41 – a total of £732.

On June 19 this year, at about 4.30pm, a driver was stopped at the traffic lights on the slip road from St Peter’s Way at its junction with Folds Road.

He was behind a silver Ford Fiesta and then saw the driver of that car throw a wrapper from a fast food restaurant out of the window.

The two cars then both turned right into Folds Road and at the next set of lights the motorist pulled up alongside the offending car and asked the driver if he thought it was acceptable to throw litter out.

The man told him ‘I’m a taxpayer so I can do as I please’.

The driver was so infuriated by the incident that he sent the footage into Bolton Council’s neighbourhood services team.

The prosecution was just the latest by Bolton Council as it continues its crackdown on littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling.

Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for environmental services, councillor Nick Peel, said; “We have said time and again that dropping litter is not acceptable and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

“We’re pleased that we have been able to use dashcam footage from a member of the public to fine and prosecute this man.

“We hope these prosecutions act as a deterrent to any potential future offenders.”

Michelle Hollinshead, aged 52 of Hartfield Walk in Tonge Fold, has also been prosecuted by the council.

She pleaded guilty to passing waste to an unlicensed carries, who then fly-tipped a carpet, wood, a child gate and bin bags on Greenland Road in Farnworth.

She was handed a 12 month conditional discharge but ordered to pay costs of £372.56 and a victim surcharge of £20.

The council is urging people to report any littering or fly-tipping so that it can see prosecutions.

Anyone with information regarding illegal waste disposal, can report it at www.bolton.gov.uk/flytipping