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Council Welcomes Fly-tipping Prosecution

A magistrates’ court’s decision to impose a fine and substantial costs on a woman who dumped four bags of rubbish in Bignall End has been welcomed.

The Borough Council took legal action against the Trent Vale resident after environmental enforcement officers investigated the fly-tipping in Bignall End Road earlier this year.

The woman admitted committing the offence after finding out the nearby Staffordshire County Council-run tip was shut.

She has now been handed a £400 fine, £720 costs and a £40 victim surcharge by North Staffordshire Justice Centre.

Cllr. Ann Beech, Cabinet member for operational services, said: “The Borough Council welcomes the court’s decision. It takes fly-tipping seriously and will take legal action against anyone caught committing the offence.

“Residents have a duty to make sure their waste is dealt with in a proper manner. Fly-tipping not only looks an eyesore, it damages the environment – whether it happens on the streets or in rural areas – and can also attract rodents and affect wildlife.

“Not only that, fly-tipping costs the Council a considerable amount of taxpayers’ money to clear away which is a significant pressure when resources are severely stretched.”

Fly-tipping can attract an unlimited fine and a prison sentence of up to five years.

To report fly-tipping on Council land in Newcastle, contact the Borough Council on 01782 717717 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.