A man's heartwarming birthday message landed him with a £220 fine after he spray painted his affections on a road.
The message 'Happy Birthday Zoe M from Dai' was written on a street in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, in July 2016.
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But the artist, David Nigel Dallimore, lived to regret his outburst of love when he was slapped with a fine.
Llanelli Magistrates Court heard that in July last year an environmental enforcement officer and technical assistant called at David Nigel Dallimore's home.
He admitted painting the message and agreed to accept a fixed penalty of £75, reports Wales Online.
Dallimore failed to pay resulting in prosecution for making unauthorised marks on the highway.
He was convicted in his absence last Friday.
He was fined £220, and ordered to pay costs of £351 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Councillor Jim Jones said: "Graffiti can be expensive to clear off as specialist products may have to be used to remove the paint in an environmentally-friendly way.
"The penalty imposed by the court recognised the seriousness of the matter and the expense incurred. Out of the costs awarded, £220 is going to pay for the cost of removing this message from the road.
"Keeping the county clean and safe is a key priority for the council and we will not hesitate to take action against those that break the law."