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Jarrow man convicted after fly-tipping in Gateshead

Pearce prosecution evidence

A Jarrow man has been prosecuted after admitting to fly tipping burning rubbish in Gateshead and leaving it to burn.

Scott William Pearce (24) of Fieldway, Jarrow dumped the waste on grassland at The Bungalows, Sunderland Road in Gateshead.

The offence was reported to Gateshead Council's enforcement team who attended and found the dumped waste still alight. Officers were able to recover evidence from the fire which indicated that it had come from a nearby address.

Officers then interviewed a female for the offence but were later contacted by Scott Pearce who admitted setting a bin full of rubbish on fire then wheeling it away and dumping it while it was still alight.

Report fly tippingAt Gateshead Magistrates this week, Pearce admitted his actions were 'stupid' and pleaded guilty to illegally depositing waste. Magistrates fined him £120 and ordered him to pay £400 costs plus a £30 Victim Surcharge.

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

"Fly tipping rubbish is serious enough but then setting fire to it in an open public space in a densely populated residential area is extremely anti-social and potentially quite dangerous.

"Mr Pearce has found himself more than £500 out of pocket as a result of his offence and we are grateful that local residents helped us to bring this case to court by reporting his actions so promptly."

Pearce prosecution evidence
15 October 2019

A Jarrow man has been prosecuted after admitting to fly tipping burning rubbish in Gateshead and leaving it to burn.

Scott William Pearce (24) of Fieldway, Jarrow dumped the waste on grassland at The Bungalows, Sunderland Road in Gateshead.

The offence was reported to Gateshead Council's enforcement team who attended and found the dumped waste still alight. Officers were able to recover evidence from the fire which indicated that it had come from a nearby address.

Officers then interviewed a female for the offence but were later contacted by Scott Pearce who admitted setting a bin full of rubbish on fire then wheeling it away and dumping it while it was still alight.

Report fly tippingAt Gateshead Magistrates this week, Pearce admitted his actions were 'stupid' and pleaded guilty to illegally depositing waste. Magistrates fined him £120 and ordered him to pay £400 costs plus a £30 Victim Surcharge.

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

"Fly tipping rubbish is serious enough but then setting fire to it in an open public space in a densely populated residential area is extremely anti-social and potentially quite dangerous.

"Mr Pearce has found himself more than £500 out of pocket as a result of his offence and we are grateful that local residents helped us to bring this case to court by reporting his actions so promptly."

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