Three South Tyneside householders have felt the wrath of the courts after they were convicted of dumping rubbish in their own backyards.
David Eglentine, 38, was prosecuted by South Tyneside Council and the case was proved in his absence at South Shields Magistrates’ Court.
The court was told that a notice under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 was served against the defendant following a build-up of domestic refuse in his backyard at South Woodbine Street in South Shields.
The notice required Eglentine to remove the rubbish and dispose of it at a registered waste disposal facility and put his bin out for collection at the correct time.
However, when environmental health officers carried out further inspections, they found no change and the refuse had to be removed by the council at a cost of £85 plus VAT.
Eglentine was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £100. He was also ordered to pay compensation of £102 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Illegal dumping costs authority £200,000 a yearSouth Tyneside Council spokesman
Cheryl Pearce, 29 and Danny Stanford, 32, were also fined for failing to comply with a notice under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949.
The court was told that the notice was served following a build-up of refuse and discarded material and debris in their backyard at Eglesfield Road, South Shields.
When environmental health officers carried out an inspection two weeks later they found the rubbish had not been cleared.
Officers also found several bags of fly-tipped domestic refuse in the back lane, although it is not known where this came from.
Both defendants pleaded guilty to the charges and were each fined £73 and ordered to pay costs of £75 and a victim surcharge of £20.
A council spokesperson said: “Leaving piles of rubbish lying around attracts vermin and can pose a real health risk. This is an issue we take very seriously.
“We have a duty to prevent this from happening and were left with no choice but to take action through the courts in these cases. Prosecution is always a last resort.
“We are committed to keeping our neighbourhoods clean and hope that these fines send out a clear message that we will take action against those who fail to comply with notices that are served upon them and ignore our requests to remove their waste from their properties.
“There is no excuse for people not to dispose of their waste properly.”
Another separate environmental issue the local authority has to deal with, aside from street cleansing, is fly-tipping.
Illegal rubbish dumpers cost cash-strapped council bosses in South Tyneside more than £200,000 in one year, recent figures have revealed.
Statistics show that the local authority dealt with 3,156 incidents in the 2013/14 financial year, costing the council a total of £228,822.
The authority also issued 3,131 warning letters in 2013-14, costing £103,323.
l To report fly-tipping, or other environmental problems, call the council’s customer contact centre on 427 7000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org