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Woman faces £200 bill for nature trail fly tip

Pickering prosecution

A woman whose household waste was found fly tipped on a nature trail in the Derwent Valley has found herself with a court bill of more than £200 to pay.

Donna Pickering of Severn Street in Chopwell appeared before magistrates in Gateshead to face a charge of failing to exercise her duty of care with regard to her waste.

Her court appearance followed the discovery of a large amount of household waste which had been fly tipped at the entrance to the nature trail off Hookergate Lane in Rowlands Gill. The council's Environmental Enforcement team investigated and traced the waste back to Ms Pickering.

Ms Pickering was invited to meet enforcement staff at Gateshead Civic Centre to explain how the waste got there, but she failed to attend. The council therefore decided to prosecute her.

Report Fly TippingAt Gateshead Magistrates' Court last week, Donna Pickering pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to exercise her duty of care. She stated that she had asked another person to dispose of her waste but declined to name the person responsible.

Magistrates fined her £80 with £100 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

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

"Everyone has a legal duty of care when it comes to disposing of their waste. Put simply, it is your responsibility to ensure it is disposed of legally, and if it isn't then you can face court action.

"As Ms Pickering has discovered to her cost, paying someone else to get rid of your household waste does not relieve you of that legal duty. That's why it is essential to only ever use a licensed waste collector who will dispose of your waste properly. If in doubt, ask to see their Duty of Care documentation."

Pickering prosecution
18 March 2019

A woman whose household waste was found fly tipped on a nature trail in the Derwent Valley has found herself with a court bill of more than £200 to pay.

Donna Pickering of Severn Street in Chopwell appeared before magistrates in Gateshead to face a charge of failing to exercise her duty of care with regard to her waste.

Her court appearance followed the discovery of a large amount of household waste which had been fly tipped at the entrance to the nature trail off Hookergate Lane in Rowlands Gill. The council's Environmental Enforcement team investigated and traced the waste back to Ms Pickering.

Ms Pickering was invited to meet enforcement staff at Gateshead Civic Centre to explain how the waste got there, but she failed to attend. The council therefore decided to prosecute her.

Report Fly TippingAt Gateshead Magistrates' Court last week, Donna Pickering pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to exercise her duty of care. She stated that she had asked another person to dispose of her waste but declined to name the person responsible.

Magistrates fined her £80 with £100 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

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

"Everyone has a legal duty of care when it comes to disposing of their waste. Put simply, it is your responsibility to ensure it is disposed of legally, and if it isn't then you can face court action.

"As Ms Pickering has discovered to her cost, paying someone else to get rid of your household waste does not relieve you of that legal duty. That's why it is essential to only ever use a licensed waste collector who will dispose of your waste properly. If in doubt, ask to see their Duty of Care documentation."

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