Hebburn woman’s £400 bill for clean-up of rubbish-strewn yard

RUBBISH-STREWN: Margaret Henderson's yard.
RUBBISH-STREWN: Margaret Henderson's yard.

A WOMAN who left rubbish and furniture strewn in the back yard of her home for several months has been ordered to pay back the council for the cost of removing it.

Environmental health officers received complaints about bin bags and furniture left discarded in the yard of Margaret Henderson’s house in Collingwood Street, Hebburn, in June.

But, after she failed to respond to repeated requests to clear the waste, South Tyneside Council had workers clear the yard.

Henderson was charged with failing to remove the rubbish and summonsed to appear at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

She didn’t attend and the charge was yesterday found proven in her absence.

Debbie Lloyd, prosecuting on behalf of South Tyneside Council, said workers cleared the rubbish at a cost of £95 plus Vat – a total of £114.

Henderson was fined £200, ordered to pay £114 to the council, a further £100 in prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £20.