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Woman fined after old caravan is fly-tipped

Fly tipped caravan filled with rubbish - prosecution

A Gateshead woman who dumped a caravan filled with rubbish in her own street has been heavily fined for fly tipping.

Miss Charley Houghton of Kelso Place in Teams, Gateshead pleaded guilty yesterday at Gateshead Magistrates' Court to an offence of fly tipping - and left the court almost £1,500 poorer.

Fly tipped caravan filled with rubbish - prosecutionLocal residents had alerted us in June last year that a caravan filled with rubbish had been dumped in their street. Our Enforcement Team attended and found that the caravan, which was in a very bad state of repair and was filled from floor to ceiling with household and garden rubbish.

The caravan also contained a large gas bottle which meant we had to summon the fire service to ensure it did not pose a risk and could be removed safely.

Miss Houghton was established as the owner of the caravan and investigators invited her to a meeting at Gateshead Civic Centre to discuss the matter. However, she failed to attend and we eventually felt we had no alternative but to prosecute.

At Gateshead Magistrates' Court last week (January 16), Charley Houghton was fined £307 with £300 costs. She was also ordered to pay £816 in compensation to cover the cost of having the caravan removed, plus a £30 victim surcharge.

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Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"There is no excuse for littering the environment with household waste or abandoned vehicles. It is illegal and it's not fair on other residents.

"The cost of having her caravan and rubbish removed and disposed of properly would have been far less than the costs she now faces having been taken to court, so this has proved to have been a very expensive mistake."

Fly tipped caravan filled with rubbish - prosecution
21 January 2019

A Gateshead woman who dumped a caravan filled with rubbish in her own street has been heavily fined for fly tipping.

Miss Charley Houghton of Kelso Place in Teams, Gateshead pleaded guilty yesterday at Gateshead Magistrates' Court to an offence of fly tipping - and left the court almost £1,500 poorer.

Fly tipped caravan filled with rubbish - prosecutionLocal residents had alerted us in June last year that a caravan filled with rubbish had been dumped in their street. Our Enforcement Team attended and found that the caravan, which was in a very bad state of repair and was filled from floor to ceiling with household and garden rubbish.

The caravan also contained a large gas bottle which meant we had to summon the fire service to ensure it did not pose a risk and could be removed safely.

Miss Houghton was established as the owner of the caravan and investigators invited her to a meeting at Gateshead Civic Centre to discuss the matter. However, she failed to attend and we eventually felt we had no alternative but to prosecute.

At Gateshead Magistrates' Court last week (January 16), Charley Houghton was fined £307 with £300 costs. She was also ordered to pay £816 in compensation to cover the cost of having the caravan removed, plus a £30 victim surcharge.

Report flytipping

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"There is no excuse for littering the environment with household waste or abandoned vehicles. It is illegal and it's not fair on other residents.

"The cost of having her caravan and rubbish removed and disposed of properly would have been far less than the costs she now faces having been taken to court, so this has proved to have been a very expensive mistake."

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