Three residents in South Tyneside have been fined after failing to clear mounds of rubbish from their homes.
The trio have been convicted by the courts after leaving the mess in the gardens of their homes.
Denise Burke, 54, of Lawrence Avenue in South Shields, was fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £30 for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice requiring her to clear her gardens of discarded material and debris.
The notice, which was the first to be prosecuted in South Tyneside under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, also required her to cut grass and other vegetation to ground level and dispose of all waste at a registered waste disposal facility.
The tenant and landlord of a property in Chichester Road, also in the town, were also both fined for failing to comply with a Prevention of Damage by Pest Act Notice.
Tenant Yacine Boukecem and landlord Fokrul Islam were both fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £100.
In addition Boukecem was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “As well as being unsightly, rubbish left lying around poses a public health risk as it can attract vermin.
“We are committed to keeping our Borough clean and tidy and will take action against the tiny minority of people who fail to comply with the notices we serve against them.”
For further information about the ways waste can be safely responsibly disposed of in South Tyneside go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.