A manwas locked up 18 hours in a police cell for allegedly dropping an apple core.
Keith Hurst, 54, was challenged by a police community support officer as he went to the chemist for his wife. He denied littering and refused to pay a £50 on-the-spot fine — but when he exited the pharmacy, carer Keith was nicked by 5 cops.
He was fingerprinted at a police station and went before JPs in Salford, Greater Manchester, accused of littering and obstructing an officer.
Prosecutors dropped the obstruction charge — but he still faces going on trial for littering.
Keith, who has had heart surgery, claims he suffered dizziness in custody and had to see a doctor. He fumed: "You’d think I’d robbed a bank."
A police spokesman said: "Officers are expected to challenge anyone seen littering."