Two fined for rubbish dumping in South Tyneside

The bagged rubbish left by Claire Anne Carty.
The bagged rubbish left by Claire Anne Carty.

A pair of South Shields householders have been fined for failing to clear rubbish from outside their homes.

Both failed to respond to statutory notices from South Tyneside Council to remove the items and were taken to court.

Furniture left by Craig Dickinson.

Furniture left by Craig Dickinson.

Claire Anne Carty, 29, of Stanhope Road in South Shields, was ordered to pay a total of £430 after magistrates found the case against her proved.

The court was told that a substantial quantity of bagged domestic waste was found at the rear of Stanhope Road, some of which led officers to the defendant.

Carty refused invitations to discuss the matter and also ignored a statutory notice, committing an offence under section 110 of the Environment Act 1995.

She was fined £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30, compensation of £180 and costs of £100.

Craig Dickinson, 23, of Frederick Street, South Shields, was also fined £120 after magistrates found the case against him proved.

The court was told that council officers were alerted to some furniture left in the back lane at the rear of Frederick Street in South Shields.

Dickinson admitted the waste was his, but said that someone was due to collect it.

However, despite being advised to take it off the highway, when the officer returned almost a week later, the furniture had not been removed. He too failed to respond to a statutory notice, also committing an offence under section 110 of the Environment Act 1995.

In addition to a fine, he was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30, compensation of £180 and costs of £100.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council, said: "Rubbish and furniture left by the roadside is unsightly and blights the beauty of our borough.

“While prosecution is always a last resort, we are committed to keeping the borough clean and tidy and hope these significant penalties send a clear message to the tiny minority of residents who fail to comply with the notices we serve on them.”

Anyone who witnesses incidents of fly-tipping are asked to report it by calling 0191 427 7000 and for information on how waste can be safely responsibly disposed of visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling.