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Man and woman prosecuted after another Bensham fly tip

rubbish dumped in back lane

Two more Gateshead residents have been handed huge fines after being convicted of fly tipping in a back lane in Bensham.

Kate Oxley (34) of Coronation Road, Sunniside and Brad Sinton (39) of Old Durham Road, Gateshead were convicted of fly tipping and failing in their duty of care at Gateshead Magistrates after an investigation by Gateshead Council.

Neighbours had alerted the council to a quantity of household rubbish and furniture which had been dumped in the lane behind Eastbourne Avenue in Bensham. An investigation by Gateshead Council's Enforcement Team quickly established that the waste had originated from addresses occupied at the time by Ms Oxley.

Ms Oxley was later interviewed by Enforcement Team officers and implicated Mr Sinton as the person responsible for taking the waste from her addresses. Officers then spoke to Mr Sinton who agreed that he had taken some of the waste but denied dumping it in the rear of Eastbourne Avenue.

Both were then charged with fly tipping and failing in their duty of care to ensure the proper disposal of waste. At a hearing at Gateshead Magistrates' Court both pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned for future trial.

Ms Oxley and Mr Sinton were then due to appear on Monday February 3rd for their trial at Gateshead Magistrates' Court, but both parties failed to attend. The case was therefore heard in their absence.

Magistrates considered the evidence and found the council's case to be proved. They fined Ms Oxley £440.00 plus costs of £500.00 and a Victim Surcharge of £44.00 - a total of £984.00.

Mr Sinton was also fined £120.00 plus costs of £250.00 and a Victim Surcharge of £30.00 - a total of £400.00.

Report fly tippingAnneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "There is absolutely no excuse for dumping waste on the street.

"There are plenty of legitimate businesses who will remove your waste and dispose of it legally and responsibly - including the Council - so really there is no excuse. As well as being illegal, dumping your waste on the street is lazy and selfish and its grossly unfair on other residents.

"We are grateful to the local residents who helped us by reporting this incident so promptly.

She added: "If you see someone fly tipping, you can report it to us in strict confidence using either the online form on our website or by phoning (0191) 433 7225."

In the past 12 months, Gateshead Council has brought nine successful prosecutions against people who have fly tipped in the Bensham area alone, with magistrates handing down fines totalling almost £5,000 and awarding costs of more than £2,600.

Fly tipping can be reported online by visiting www.gateshead.gov.uk/flytipping

rubbish dumped in back lane
05 February 2020

Two more Gateshead residents have been handed huge fines after being convicted of fly tipping in a back lane in Bensham.

Kate Oxley (34) of Coronation Road, Sunniside and Brad Sinton (39) of Old Durham Road, Gateshead were convicted of fly tipping and failing in their duty of care at Gateshead Magistrates after an investigation by Gateshead Council.

Neighbours had alerted the council to a quantity of household rubbish and furniture which had been dumped in the lane behind Eastbourne Avenue in Bensham. An investigation by Gateshead Council's Enforcement Team quickly established that the waste had originated from addresses occupied at the time by Ms Oxley.

Ms Oxley was later interviewed by Enforcement Team officers and implicated Mr Sinton as the person responsible for taking the waste from her addresses. Officers then spoke to Mr Sinton who agreed that he had taken some of the waste but denied dumping it in the rear of Eastbourne Avenue.

Both were then charged with fly tipping and failing in their duty of care to ensure the proper disposal of waste. At a hearing at Gateshead Magistrates' Court both pleaded not guilty and the case was adjourned for future trial.

Ms Oxley and Mr Sinton were then due to appear on Monday February 3rd for their trial at Gateshead Magistrates' Court, but both parties failed to attend. The case was therefore heard in their absence.

Magistrates considered the evidence and found the council's case to be proved. They fined Ms Oxley £440.00 plus costs of £500.00 and a Victim Surcharge of £44.00 - a total of £984.00.

Mr Sinton was also fined £120.00 plus costs of £250.00 and a Victim Surcharge of £30.00 - a total of £400.00.

Report fly tippingAnneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says: "There is absolutely no excuse for dumping waste on the street.

"There are plenty of legitimate businesses who will remove your waste and dispose of it legally and responsibly - including the Council - so really there is no excuse. As well as being illegal, dumping your waste on the street is lazy and selfish and its grossly unfair on other residents.

"We are grateful to the local residents who helped us by reporting this incident so promptly.

She added: "If you see someone fly tipping, you can report it to us in strict confidence using either the online form on our website or by phoning (0191) 433 7225."

In the past 12 months, Gateshead Council has brought nine successful prosecutions against people who have fly tipped in the Bensham area alone, with magistrates handing down fines totalling almost £5,000 and awarding costs of more than £2,600.

Fly tipping can be reported online by visiting www.gateshead.gov.uk/flytipping

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