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Huge fine for dumping rubbish in back lane

fly tipped rubbish in Richmond terrace

A Gateshead woman has been presented with a bill of more than £800 after dumping her household rubbish in the lane behind her property.

The woman, of Richmond Terrace in Felling, was heavily fined by magistrates in Gateshead after she admitted to a charge of illegally fly tipping bags of household rubbish in her back lane.

She claimed the reason she had deposited the waste on the public highway was because she had already filled her own household waste bin.

When the offence came to light the offender was invited to attend an interview under caution at Gateshead Civic Centre, but she decided not to attend. The council therefore had no alternative but to prosecute.

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At Gateshead Magistrates' Court, she was sentenced to a fine of £370.00 with £257.00 costs and was required to pay compensation of £200.00 to pay for cleaning up her waste.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "Littering and fly tipping is a constant problem in some areas of Gateshead and a regular cause of complaint. Many residents are absolutely fed up with the situation, and rightly so.

"The Magistrates have clearly taken a firm line on someone who has clearly completely ignored her responsibilities to her neighbours.

"This was a substantial fine which we trust will serve as a valuable lesson."

fly tipped rubbish in Richmond terrace
20 December 2018

A Gateshead woman has been presented with a bill of more than £800 after dumping her household rubbish in the lane behind her property.

The woman, of Richmond Terrace in Felling, was heavily fined by magistrates in Gateshead after she admitted to a charge of illegally fly tipping bags of household rubbish in her back lane.

She claimed the reason she had deposited the waste on the public highway was because she had already filled her own household waste bin.

When the offence came to light the offender was invited to attend an interview under caution at Gateshead Civic Centre, but she decided not to attend. The council therefore had no alternative but to prosecute.

Flytipping? Report it here

At Gateshead Magistrates' Court, she was sentenced to a fine of £370.00 with £257.00 costs and was required to pay compensation of £200.00 to pay for cleaning up her waste.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "Littering and fly tipping is a constant problem in some areas of Gateshead and a regular cause of complaint. Many residents are absolutely fed up with the situation, and rightly so.

"The Magistrates have clearly taken a firm line on someone who has clearly completely ignored her responsibilities to her neighbours.

"This was a substantial fine which we trust will serve as a valuable lesson."

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