Woman ordered to pay £1,000 over dog dirt in yard

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A woman who failed to clear up rubbish and dog waste from the back yard of her home in South Tyneside has been fined £500.

In all, Kelly Fada has been ordered to pay almost £1,000 by South Tyneside Magistrates Court in fines and costs

Prosecution is always the last resort

Council spokesman

The 37-year-old was prosecuted by South Tyneside Council after repeated warnings to clean up the mess at her home in Brabourne Street, South Shields, were ignored.

The notices were served by the council’s environmental health team under the Environmental Protection Act.

These required her to remove the rubbish and dog waste and sanitise the yard at the property.

Visits had been carried out by environmental workers, who found no action had been taken.

The yard was eventually cleared by a waste removal contractor at a cost to the landlord.

A council spokesman said it was not the first time Ms Fada had found herself in court over a similar offence.

The spokesman added: “Prosecution is always a last resort but we have no choice when residents ignore repeated requests to clear their properties.

“This was not the first time that Ms Fada found herself in court for this type 
of offence and this is reflected in the significant sentence.”

Ms Fada was fined £500 by South Tyneside magistrates and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £50, compensation of £304.49 and costs of £100.

Earlier this month it emerged that illegal rubbish dumpers have cost South Tyneside Council more than £200,000 in one year.

During the last financial year, the local authority dealt with 6,934 cases

The figures from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs figures show this was the cost of investigating fly-tipping, cleaning up and issuing warning letters.

The cost of investigations alone was £120,747.

During the same period 3,131 warning letters were sent to people from the council at a cost of £103,323.