Warning to mucky neighbours after five fined for rubbish crimes

Rubbish at the house in Dacre Street
Rubbish at the house in Dacre Street

Council bosses have pledged to take action against people who leave South Tyneside looking like a rubbish dump.

The warning follows a number of people being prosecuted for waste offences in the borough

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard that Samantha Gascoigne, aged 25, and Adam Rushworth, aged 26, of Dacre Street, South Shields, failed to clear up rubbish, debris and discarded material that had been left in their back yard and up an external staircase.

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After the court hearing, brought by South Tyneside Council, the pair were found guilty in their absence for failing to comply with a Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 Notice - requiring them to remove the waste.

They were each fined £120 and ordered to pay compensation of £133.80, costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £30 – £383.80 in total.

Ryan Connell, aged 22, of Wilton Gardens, Boldon Colliery, was also found guilty in his absence for failing to comply with a notice requiring him to remove a pile of bagged waste from his shared yard.

He was fined £500, and ordered to pay £100 in costs and a victim surcharge of £50 – a total of £650.

Court action was also taken against a Gateshead couple after waste was found abandoned at Hebburn Marina last December.

The court heard that some domestic waste which had been left at the site led council officers to David Tait and Natasha Lamb, both aged 24, of Otterburn Gardens, Gateshead.

The pair failed to adhere to notices requiring them to make themselves available to answer questions in relation to the waste.

Tait was fined £600 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a £60 victim surcharge. Lamb was fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £100 and a £30 victim surcharge.

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “We take waste related offences very seriously and make every effort to identify and hold those responsible to account.

“In all of these cases, our calls for co-operation were ignored and we had no other option but to pursue the matters through the courts.

“South Tyneside Council spends £2.2m a year keeping the Borough clean and tidy, with the significant cost of clearing and investigating this type of illegal disposal of waste placing a burden on the Council’s limited finances.

“We hope that these prosecutions serve as a reminder of our commitment to tackling the issues of waste build up and abandonment and that we will take action against those who fail to comply with notices that are served upon them.”