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Messy back yards lead to fines

Five South Tyneside residents have been convicted for failing to clear rubbish or dog mess in their back yards and gardens.

The four women and one man were ordered to pay a total of £900 in fines and costs by South Tyneside magistrates earlier this week.

Kim Douglas, 27, of Newcastle Road, South Shields; Gary Kerr of Redhead Avenue, South Shields; Caroline Welsh, 43, of Russell St, Jarrow and Karly Ritson, 35, of Kent St, Jarrow, were all summonsed for failing to comply with a Prevention of Damage by Pest Act Notice (PDPA).

The four prosecutions, brought by South Tyneside Council, all related to rubbish which had been allowed to accumulate in the back yards and gardens of their properties.

In addition, Michelle Anderson, 38, also pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an Environmental Protection Act Section 80 Notice after she allowed dog mess to build up in the front and side yards of her home at Salem St, Jarrow.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: "Residents who allow rubbish and other waste to build up like this are not only being inconsiderate neighbours, but are creating a health risk.

"It is unsightly and unpleasant for those living nearby and can attract flies, mice and rats.

"While we always prefer to work with residents and gain their cooperation, we are committed to keeping our Borough clean and tidy and will not hesitate to take action against those who ignore our requests."

Residents are reminded that the Council provides a free, regular household waste collection service. If any resident is unsure of when their bin collection day is they can find out on the Council website or ring the contact centre on 4277000.

Kim Douglas was given a conditional discharge after pleading guilty and was ordered to pay £100 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Gary Kerr, who did not attend court, was fined £220 and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Caroline Welsh, did not attend court and was fined £60 and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Karly Ritson pleaded guilty by post and was given a 12-month conditional discharge. She was ordered to pay £100 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Michelle Anderson pleaded guilty and was given a conditional discharge, ordered to pay £100 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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