A woman who failed to provide information about a fly-tipping incident to South Tyneside Council ended up in court.
Samantha Foreman, 23, of Bamford Walk, South Shields, was given a conditional discharge for six months and ordered to pay £80 costs and a victim surcharge of £20 after admitting failing to comply with a notice.
Magistrates were told that 20 bags of domestic waste had been abandoned at the side of the road close to the picturesque Cleadon Hills.
When council enforcement officers inspected the waste they found several pieces of paperwork relating to the defendant.
However, despite being invited to discuss the matter under caution, the defendant ignored the invitation.
The council was forced to issue a notice requiring her to make herself available to answer questions.
However, magistrates were told, she ignored this, thereby committing an offence under section 110 of the Environment Act.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Fly-tipping is irresponsible and unsightly and can also be hazardous to the public and wildlife – especially if targeted by arsonists.
“There are also significant costs involved in clearing and investigating these offences which places an additional burden on taxpayers.
“While prosecution is a last resort, we will continue to take action against those who blight our beautiful borough in this way. I would urge anyone who witnesses incidents of fly-tipping to report it.”
People can record fly tipping incidents on 0191 427 7000.
For further information about safely and responsibly disposing of waste, go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling