Mucky man fined £320 over ‘health risk’ backyard

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A man has been ordered to pay more than £300 after failing to comply with a notice to clear rubbish from his back yard in South Shields.

Alan Fox, 50, was prosecuted after South Tyneside Council took action having received a complaint in September about a build-up of domestic waste, discarded material and debris in the yard in Northcote Street, South Shields.

Officers from the council’s environmental enforcement team served a notice under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949, giving Fox seven days to remove the waste and tensure the domestic waste bin was put out for collection at the correct time.

Despite this, the situation was found to be unchanged during a follow-up inspection.

The yard was later cleared by the property’s managing agent.

The case was proven in Fox’s absence at South Tyneside Magistrates Court where it was ordered that he pay a total of £320 for non-compliance with the notice.

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “Leaving rubbish and discarded materials lying around attracts vermin and can pose a real health risk. This is an issue we take very seriously.

“Prosecution is always a last resort. But in this case, we were left with no other option than to take action through the courts after the defendant failed to comply with the notice requiring them to remove the waste within seven days.”

For further information about the many ways waste can be safely responsibly disposed of in South Tyneside visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling or call the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000.