Four fined over rubbish in South Shields

The read yard of Brian and Denise Drumm's property in  Devonshire Street, South Shields.
The read yard of Brian and Denise Drumm's property in Devonshire Street, South Shields.
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Four South Tyneside residents have been fined for failing to clear rubbish from their yards.

The cases were heard in front of a district judge at South Tyneside Magistrates Court.

The District Judge found Syed Shafiqul Bari, 45, guilty of a charge of failing to comply with a notice under the Prevention of Damage by Pest Act relating to a build-up of rubbish in his back yard at Marshall Wallis Road in South Shields. The case was proven in his absence and he was fined £440 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £44 and costs of £100.

Tenant Bronte Adams, 20, pleaded guilty by post to a charge of failing to comply with a Section 80 notice relating to a build-up of dog faeces and discarded material in her back yard at Hyde Street, South Shields. She was fined £40 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £100.

The third case involved joint owners Brian and Denise Drumm, whose home address is in Cookstone, Co Tyrone, although the charge related to a property in Devonshire Street, South Shields.

The District Judge found them guilty of failing to comply with a Prevention of Damage by Pest Act notice relating to a build-up of refuse and discarded material, including mattresses and armchairs, in their back yard.

The cases were proven in their absence and they were each fined £220 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £22 and costs of £50. They were both also ordered to pay compensation of £218.40 each for work undertaken by the Council to clear and secure the back yard.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Failing to clear up rubbish and dog faeces can pose a health risk and attract vermin and is a matter we take very seriously."