A woman has been fined following the dumping of 20 bags of rubbish.
Samantha Foreman, 23, was prosecuted by South Tyneside Council for failing to provide information about a fly-tipping incident in the borough.
She was given a conditional discharge for six months and ordered to pay £80 costs and a victim surcharge of £20 after admitting failing to comply with a notice.
Magistrates were told that 20 bags of domestic waste were abandoned at the side of the road close to the picturesque Cleadon Hills.
When council enforcement officers inspected the waste they found several pieces of paperwork relating to the defendant.
However, despite being invited to discuss the matter under caution, the defendant ignored the request.
The council was forced to issue a notice requiring her to make herself available to answer questions. However, she ignored this, thereby committing an offence under section 110 of the Environment Act.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Fly-tipping is irresponsible and unsightly and can also be hazardous to the public and wildlife – especially if targeted by arsonists.
“There are also significant costs involved in clearing and investigating these offences which places an additional burden on taxpayers.
“While prosecution is a last resort, we will continue to take action against those who blight our beautiful borough in this way. I would urge anyone who witnesses incidents of fly-tipping to report it by calling (0191) 427 7000.”
For further information about the many ways waste can be safely responsibly disposed of in South Tyneside visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.