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Woman fined for dumping rubbish in own back yard

Prosecution

A woman who repeatedly fly tipped in her back lane and allowed huge quantities of household rubbish to pile up in her yard has been fined by magistrates.

Ingrid Mikova of Poplar Crescent in Bensham was the subject of repeated complaints from her neighbours about the household rubbish she constantly dumped in her back lane and yard.

Over a period of five months Enforcement Officers attempted to contact Ms Mikova to discuss her neighbours' complaints but she refused every attempt to discuss the issue. Eventually, the council contacted her landlord who cleared away the rubbish in her back yard and carefully explained her responsibilities regarding household waste.

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Above: some of the rubbish in Ms Mikova's yard
However, complaints about her dumping household rubbish in her back yard and lane continued. Ms Mikova was issued with a Community Protection Warning Letter giving her 2 weeks to clear her waste and start dealing with household waste responsibly.

She was also invited to an interview at Gateshead Civic Centre where a Czech translator had been booked to attend. However, she failed to turn up for the interview. The waste remained in her back yard and her dumping continued. Gateshead Council was forced to clear away the rubbish at its own expense. But still more waste accumulated in her back yard and her fly tipping continued.

After all attempts to speak to Ms Mikova failed, and all attempts to get her to change her behaviour came to nothing, Gateshead Council decided to prosecute.

Ms Mikova attended Gateshead Magistrates' Court this week and pleaded guilty of failing in her duty of care by not disposing of her household waste. Magistrates took full account of her difficult financial situation but still fined her £493. They also ordered her to pay £317 in compensation to Gateshead Council for emptying her yard of accumulated rubbish.

Report fly tippingAnneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "We made every attempt the resolve this situation amicably, but absolutely everything we have tried has been ignored.

"Refusing to engage with the council seldom ends well for the person involved, in fact as this case shows it can just make a bad situation much, much worse.

"Ms Mikova's neighbours have had a great deal to endure so we are pleased that the courts have supported them by issuing what is for Ms Mikova a very heavy fine. Hopefully, this will have the desired effect."

Prosecution
10 December 2019

A woman who repeatedly fly tipped in her back lane and allowed huge quantities of household rubbish to pile up in her yard has been fined by magistrates.

Ingrid Mikova of Poplar Crescent in Bensham was the subject of repeated complaints from her neighbours about the household rubbish she constantly dumped in her back lane and yard.

Over a period of five months Enforcement Officers attempted to contact Ms Mikova to discuss her neighbours' complaints but she refused every attempt to discuss the issue. Eventually, the council contacted her landlord who cleared away the rubbish in her back yard and carefully explained her responsibilities regarding household waste.

Mikova_01
Above: some of the rubbish in Ms Mikova's yard
However, complaints about her dumping household rubbish in her back yard and lane continued. Ms Mikova was issued with a Community Protection Warning Letter giving her 2 weeks to clear her waste and start dealing with household waste responsibly.

She was also invited to an interview at Gateshead Civic Centre where a Czech translator had been booked to attend. However, she failed to turn up for the interview. The waste remained in her back yard and her dumping continued. Gateshead Council was forced to clear away the rubbish at its own expense. But still more waste accumulated in her back yard and her fly tipping continued.

After all attempts to speak to Ms Mikova failed, and all attempts to get her to change her behaviour came to nothing, Gateshead Council decided to prosecute.

Ms Mikova attended Gateshead Magistrates' Court this week and pleaded guilty of failing in her duty of care by not disposing of her household waste. Magistrates took full account of her difficult financial situation but still fined her £493. They also ordered her to pay £317 in compensation to Gateshead Council for emptying her yard of accumulated rubbish.

Report fly tippingAnneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "We made every attempt the resolve this situation amicably, but absolutely everything we have tried has been ignored.

"Refusing to engage with the council seldom ends well for the person involved, in fact as this case shows it can just make a bad situation much, much worse.

"Ms Mikova's neighbours have had a great deal to endure so we are pleased that the courts have supported them by issuing what is for Ms Mikova a very heavy fine. Hopefully, this will have the desired effect."

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