Three people in South Tyneside have landed themselves with hefty bills after being found guilty of fly-tipping.
Billie Jay Wilson, of Sidney Street, Boldon Colliery, was caught out as the person who dumped a sofa and chair in a field in East Boldon.
Fly-tipping is an appalling crime which blights the borough.Council spokesman
Council chiefs had been tipped off that she was the culprit.
The 24-year-old was approached to remove the sofa, but she ignored requests.
Magistrates heard that, after three weeks, the council issued a notice requiring her to make herself available to answer questions, but she ignored this, committing an offence under section 110 of the Environment Act.
She was fined £146 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30, costs of £100 and expenses of £245.
Samantha Burns, 36, of Galsworthy Road, South Shields, also found herself in court.
The court was told that officers found about 30 bags of rotten domestic waste dotted all over a field at the back of Galsworthy Road, on the Biddick Hall estate. Letters found in the waste led officers to the defendant.
The case against her was proven in her absence. She was fined £220 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30, costs of £100 and expenses of £320.
Kate McLelland, 26, of Eglesfield Road, in South Shields, was also fined after magistrates found the case against her proven in her absence.
The court was told that a substantial amount of waste was found at the back of the property. She was fined £60 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30, costs of £100 and expenses of £320.
A spokesman for the council said: “Fly-tipping is an appalling crime which blights the borough.”