A WOMAN has been fined after she failed to clear up foul-smelling, fly-infested refuse in the backyard of her South Tyneside home.
Julie Todd, of Beattie Street, South Shields, was prosecuted at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court for failing to clear up a large amount of decaying domestic waste, including food, nappies and other debris.
The court heard how, following a complaint, an officer from the council’s Environmental Health Team carried out an inspection at the address, where he found the waste infested with flies.
The 27-year-old was warned on three occasions by letter to remove the waste and dispose of it properly, and a notice was served.
But she failed to comply with the notice, an offence under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, and the council arranged for the waste to be cleared up last July.
Magistrates were told that only weeks later another foul-smelling accumulation of waste was found in the backyard.
Again, a notice was served requiring Todd to remove the waste.
The council then cleared up the refuse, when the notice was ignored.
Todd did not attend court and the case was proved in her absence.
She was fined £150, with costs of £100, a £20 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £325 compensation.
In a separate case, Lee Manson, 29, of Inverness Road, Jarrow, admitted dumping about a tonne of soil and grass on land behind his home, during a hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on January 23. Magistrates heard how early last year, the council’s Environmental Enforcement Officer visited the property, where considerable renovation work was being carried out to the front garden.
When he inspected the grassed land behind the property, he found the garden waste had been disposed of there.
In mitigation, the court was told that Manson later removed the waste, which had been left temporarily.
Magistrates gave Manson a six-month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £50 in costs and a victim surcharge of £15.
The council spends more than £2m a year keeping the borough clean and tidy, tackling litter, graffiti and abandoned waste.
To report environmental problems such as fly tipping, dog fouling and abandoned waste, call the council’s Customer Contact Centre on 427 7000 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org