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Man fined for filling his backyard with rubbish

Pic of Mr Gray's backyard area

A Gateshead man who filled his back yard with household rubbish and refused to clear it away has been fined more than £750.

Gateshead Council received numerous complaints about huge piles of rubbish and old furniture that Kenneth Gray of Brighton Road, Bensham was accumulating in his yard.

Enforcement Officers made contact with Mr Gray and offered advice about disposing of his waste and warned him about his behaviour. He was also told to remove the waste from his yard.

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Above: the yard was entirely filled with household rubbish
The situation improved after the Enforcement Officers' visit, but Mr Gray then returned to his old habits and the yard become full of rubbish again.

Gateshead Council then issued a Community Protection Notice requiring Mr Gray to stop accumulating waste in his yard, but he chose to ignore it.

He was then summonsed to appear before Gateshead Magistrates Court on 10 June to answer a charge of failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice, but he failed to attend court and the case was heard in his absence.

"It is not very neighbourly to fail to deal with your waste appropriately... magistrates tend to take a very dim view of someone who deliberately flouts a legal order..."

Magistrates found Mr Gray guilty of the offence and fined him £440 with £300 costs and a victim surcharge of £44.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director of Development, Transport and Public Protection, said: "It is really disappointing that Mr Gray didn't heed our warnings and didn't comply with the legal notice he was issued with.

"It is not very neighbourly to fail to deal with your waste appropriately, and as  this case shows magistrates tend to take a very dim view of someone who deliberately flouts a legal order and they fine accordingly.

Bulky waste collections - what do they cost"Gateshead Council offers cheap bulky waste collections so a quick phone call could have stopped this from ever getting to court, and at a fraction of the cost he is now required to pay in court fines.

"Hopefully, his anti-social behaviour will now improve."

Pic of Mr Gray's backyard area
12 June 2019

A Gateshead man who filled his back yard with household rubbish and refused to clear it away has been fined more than £750.

Gateshead Council received numerous complaints about huge piles of rubbish and old furniture that Kenneth Gray of Brighton Road, Bensham was accumulating in his yard.

Enforcement Officers made contact with Mr Gray and offered advice about disposing of his waste and warned him about his behaviour. He was also told to remove the waste from his yard.

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Above: the yard was entirely filled with household rubbish
The situation improved after the Enforcement Officers' visit, but Mr Gray then returned to his old habits and the yard become full of rubbish again.

Gateshead Council then issued a Community Protection Notice requiring Mr Gray to stop accumulating waste in his yard, but he chose to ignore it.

He was then summonsed to appear before Gateshead Magistrates Court on 10 June to answer a charge of failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice, but he failed to attend court and the case was heard in his absence.

"It is not very neighbourly to fail to deal with your waste appropriately... magistrates tend to take a very dim view of someone who deliberately flouts a legal order..."

Magistrates found Mr Gray guilty of the offence and fined him £440 with £300 costs and a victim surcharge of £44.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director of Development, Transport and Public Protection, said: "It is really disappointing that Mr Gray didn't heed our warnings and didn't comply with the legal notice he was issued with.

"It is not very neighbourly to fail to deal with your waste appropriately, and as  this case shows magistrates tend to take a very dim view of someone who deliberately flouts a legal order and they fine accordingly.

Bulky waste collections - what do they cost"Gateshead Council offers cheap bulky waste collections so a quick phone call could have stopped this from ever getting to court, and at a fraction of the cost he is now required to pay in court fines.

"Hopefully, his anti-social behaviour will now improve."

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