Fines for Residents

Seven South Tyneside residents have been fined more than £1,300 in total after failing to clear rubbish from their properties.

Samantha Smith, 34, of Holbein Road in South Shields was fined £440 for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice served under Section 43 of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014, which required her to remove discarded material and debris from her gardens. She was also ordered to pay costs of £100, a victim surcharge of £44 and compensation of £156. A remedial order was also made, requiring her to keep her property clear of refuse for three months. Failure to do so could lead to a prison sentence.

Jamie Russell of Leighton Street in South Shields was fined £220 for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice served under section 43 of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014, requiring him to remove all refuse from his back yard and to unblock his drains and sanitise the area. In addition to the fine, South Tyneside magistrates ordered him to pay costs of £100, a victim surcharge of £30 and compensation of £480. A Remedial Order was also made for three months requiring the yard be kept clear of refuse.

Failure to comply with a Notice served under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to clear her garden of refuse landed 36-year-old Emma Catton of Southport Parade, Hebburn, with a fine of £220. Magistrates also ordered her to pay costs of £100, a victim surcharge of £30 and compensation of £71.20.

The court also fined Peter Brown who owns a property in Jedmoor, Hebburn, for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice served under section 43 of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014, requiring him to remove all refuse and discarded material from the back garden. He was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £100, and a victim surcharge £30. A Remedial Order was also made for him to dispose of the waste at a registered waste disposal facility.

Two Hebburn tenants, Katie Dickinson and Nathan Blackett, were also fined for failing to comply with a Prevention of Damage by Pest Act Notice requiring them to remove an abandoned settee from their garden in Hexham Avenue. Magistrates fined each of them £60 and ordered them both to pay costs of £100 and a victim surcharge of £30.

Jarrow resident Anne Marie Barker of The Bower was fined £220 for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice served under Section 43 of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014, requiring her to remove all refuse, discarded material and debris from the garage, driveway and back garden area. She was also ordered to pay costs £100 and a victim surcharge £30. A Remedial Order was also made.

A spokesman for the Council said: "Rubbish left lying around is not only unsightly, it can also be a public health risk.

"Although court action is always a last resort, we are determined to keep the Borough looking tidy and will take action against the tiny minority of residents who fail to clear up after themselves when asked to do so."

 

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