Fines for South Tyneside residents after failing to clear rubbish

The waste in Courtney Dodsworths garden.
The waste in Courtney Dodsworths garden.

Three residents from South Tyneside have been hit with fines after failing to clear rubbish from their gardens or yards.

Courtney Dodsworth, 19, of Norham Avenue, South Shields, admitted failing to comply with a notice served under the Prevention of Damage to Pests Act, and was fined £80.

There are clear health risks when people fail to clear up rubbish and dog mess

South Tyneside Council

South Tyneside Council took action after Dodsworth failed to remove a large amount of refuse, discarded furniture and debris from her garden.

In addition to the fine, she was ordered to pay costs of £100 and compensation of £422.40.

Michaela Gorman, 23, also of Norham Avenue, South Shields, also pleaded guilty to failing to clear discarded furniture, mattresses and debris from her back garden.

For failing to comply with a notice served under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act, she was fined £80 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30.

She was also ordered to pay compensation of £90 and costs of £100.

Magistrates also issued a fine of £440 to Paul Raynor, 38, of Wansbeck Road, Jarrow, after he failed to comply with a notice requiring him to remove dog faeces from his yard.

As well as the fine, he was also ordered to pay costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £44.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council told of their hope a “clear message” had been sent to residents about the seriousness of the offences.

The spokesman for the council said: “There are clear health risks when people fail to clear up rubbish and dog mess.

“These significant penalties from the court show how seriously these offences are viewed.

“Hopefully this will send a clear message to the tiny minority of residents who behave in this way to clear up their mess when asked to do so.”

For information about the many ways waste can be safely responsibly disposed of in South Tyneside, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling or Report It! by calling 0191 427 7000.