More than four out of 10 fines for litter, dog fouling and graffiti are not paid, despite government promises to crack down on antisocial behaviour.
The new figures, from the environment department, cast doubt over plans to get tough on other offences. Last year it officially became an offence to drop chewing gum and cigarette butts; in April abandoning vehicles and leaving out rubbish on non-collection days will be added to the list, and fines will rise.
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