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Bensham resident fined for fly tipping in own back lane

Fly tipped rubbish in Brinkburn Ave back lane

Another Bensham resident has been heavily fined for fly tipping - in her own back lane.

Andrea Jeffrey (36) of Brinkburn Avenue in Bensham appeared before Gateshead Magistrates Court to face a charge of unlawfully depositing waste in her back lane.

Officers from Gateshead Council's Enforcement Team responded to a report of someone having fly-tipped bags of rubbish in the lane behind Brinkburn Avenue. Evidence was recovered which indicated that the rubbish had originated at Ms Jeffrey's address.

She was invited to attend Gateshead Civic Centre to be interviewed about the offence but failed to respond to any of the invitations. The council was then left with no alternative but to prosecute.

In court, Ms Jeffrey's claimed that only one of the bags of waste was hers and that she hadn't put it there, but continued to plead guilty to the offence.

Magistrates at Gateshead Magistrates fined her a total of £326.00 including costs and a £30 Victim Surcharge.

Report fly tippingAnneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"We get more complaints about fly tipping and general litter in Bensham than anywhere else in Gateshead and the vast majority of those complaints come from local people. As this case demonstrates, we clearly have a situation where one part of the population cares passionately about their area but another doesn't seem to care at all.

"This is by no means the first prosecution we have secured against a Bensham resident for fly tipping in their own area. Hopefully the message will slowly get through that this sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable and that we will always seek to take action against offenders.

"If you see someone fly tipping, remember - if you report it, then we will do all we can to deal with it."

Fly tipped rubbish in Brinkburn Ave back lane
16 October 2019

Another Bensham resident has been heavily fined for fly tipping - in her own back lane.

Andrea Jeffrey (36) of Brinkburn Avenue in Bensham appeared before Gateshead Magistrates Court to face a charge of unlawfully depositing waste in her back lane.

Officers from Gateshead Council's Enforcement Team responded to a report of someone having fly-tipped bags of rubbish in the lane behind Brinkburn Avenue. Evidence was recovered which indicated that the rubbish had originated at Ms Jeffrey's address.

She was invited to attend Gateshead Civic Centre to be interviewed about the offence but failed to respond to any of the invitations. The council was then left with no alternative but to prosecute.

In court, Ms Jeffrey's claimed that only one of the bags of waste was hers and that she hadn't put it there, but continued to plead guilty to the offence.

Magistrates at Gateshead Magistrates fined her a total of £326.00 including costs and a £30 Victim Surcharge.

Report fly tippingAnneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:

"We get more complaints about fly tipping and general litter in Bensham than anywhere else in Gateshead and the vast majority of those complaints come from local people. As this case demonstrates, we clearly have a situation where one part of the population cares passionately about their area but another doesn't seem to care at all.

"This is by no means the first prosecution we have secured against a Bensham resident for fly tipping in their own area. Hopefully the message will slowly get through that this sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable and that we will always seek to take action against offenders.

"If you see someone fly tipping, remember - if you report it, then we will do all we can to deal with it."

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