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South Shields woman fined after Gateshead fly tip

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A South Shields woman is facing a court bill of more than £400 after failing to disclose who was driving her Transit van when it was spotted fly-tipping waste in Gateshead.

The occupants of a Ford Transit van owned by Kayleigh Mason of Norham Avenue South, South Shields were seen depositing a large quantity of garden waste on Wardley Lane in Gateshead by a member of the public who was able to photograph the vehicle.

Armed with the vehicle's registration number, enforcement officers worked with colleagues at South Tyneside Council to identify the owner, who was then invited to attend an interview at Gateshead Civic Centre to discuss the matter.

Ms Mason attended the interview with her solicitor but refused to answer any questions. She was then served with a legal notice requiring her to supply the details of the persons using her van on the date in question. However, she failed to supply this information so the council began legal proceedings.

At Gateshead Magistrates Court this week (Monday September 30), Ms Mason pleaded guilty via her solicitor to the offence of failing to supply information which she had a legal duty to supply.

Gateshead Magistrates fined her £120 with costs of £256. Magistrates also levied a £30 Victim Surcharge.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director of Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"Fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime and I'd like to sincerely thank the person who photographed this offence taking place, which then helped us to identify the vehicle involved and it's owner. That person has done a great service to the local community.

Report fly-tipping

"This case really shows how local people, by being the eyes and ears of their community, can play an important role in helping us to tackle fly tipping in their area.

"If anyone sees someone fly tipping, we'd ask that they gather as much information as it is safe to do so, but especially vehicle registration numbers. You can then contact the Council in strict confidence using either the online form on our website or by phoning 0191 433 7225."

fly tipped garden waste
02 October 2019

A South Shields woman is facing a court bill of more than £400 after failing to disclose who was driving her Transit van when it was spotted fly-tipping waste in Gateshead.

The occupants of a Ford Transit van owned by Kayleigh Mason of Norham Avenue South, South Shields were seen depositing a large quantity of garden waste on Wardley Lane in Gateshead by a member of the public who was able to photograph the vehicle.

Armed with the vehicle's registration number, enforcement officers worked with colleagues at South Tyneside Council to identify the owner, who was then invited to attend an interview at Gateshead Civic Centre to discuss the matter.

Ms Mason attended the interview with her solicitor but refused to answer any questions. She was then served with a legal notice requiring her to supply the details of the persons using her van on the date in question. However, she failed to supply this information so the council began legal proceedings.

At Gateshead Magistrates Court this week (Monday September 30), Ms Mason pleaded guilty via her solicitor to the offence of failing to supply information which she had a legal duty to supply.

Gateshead Magistrates fined her £120 with costs of £256. Magistrates also levied a £30 Victim Surcharge.

Anneliese Hutchinson, Service Director of Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"Fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime and I'd like to sincerely thank the person who photographed this offence taking place, which then helped us to identify the vehicle involved and it's owner. That person has done a great service to the local community.

Report fly-tipping

"This case really shows how local people, by being the eyes and ears of their community, can play an important role in helping us to tackle fly tipping in their area.

"If anyone sees someone fly tipping, we'd ask that they gather as much information as it is safe to do so, but especially vehicle registration numbers. You can then contact the Council in strict confidence using either the online form on our website or by phoning 0191 433 7225."

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