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Fly tipper fined over £1200

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A Newcastle woman has been presented with a bill of £1266 after a substantial amount of her rubbish was found dumped in Gateshead.

Simona Kotlarova previously of Ladykirk Road, Benwell was heavily fined by magistrates in Newcastle after she admitted to a charge of illegally fly tipping bags of household rubbish.

In August 2018 Gateshead Council's waste crews came across a large accumulation of waste in a layby on Birkheads Lane, Gateshead. In amongst the waste evidence was found which linked the waste to Ms Kotlarova.

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.

At Newcastle Magistrates' Court, she was sentenced to a fine of £660 with £300 costs and was required to pay compensation of £200 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. Legally, everyone has a duty of care over their own rubbish even if you think someone else is dealing with it. Not knowing what someone else has done with it is no defence.

"The Magistrates have clearly taken a firm line. This was a substantial fine which we trust will serve as a valuable lesson."

Birkland fly top
18 September 2019

A Newcastle woman has been presented with a bill of £1266 after a substantial amount of her rubbish was found dumped in Gateshead.

Simona Kotlarova previously of Ladykirk Road, Benwell was heavily fined by magistrates in Newcastle after she admitted to a charge of illegally fly tipping bags of household rubbish.

In August 2018 Gateshead Council's waste crews came across a large accumulation of waste in a layby on Birkheads Lane, Gateshead. In amongst the waste evidence was found which linked the waste to Ms Kotlarova.

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.

At Newcastle Magistrates' Court, she was sentenced to a fine of £660 with £300 costs and was required to pay compensation of £200 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. Legally, everyone has a duty of care over their own rubbish even if you think someone else is dealing with it. Not knowing what someone else has done with it is no defence.

"The Magistrates have clearly taken a firm line. This was a substantial fine which we trust will serve as a valuable lesson."

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