Magistrates have fined four people for failing to clear refuse from their yards in South Tyneside.
Shivraj Atwal, of Alma Place, Herrington Burn, Houghton, was prosecuted by South Tyneside Council and the case was proven in his absence.
A notice was served against him under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act following a build-up of refuse at the back yard of a property he owns in Hill Street, Jarrow. Magistrates fined him £660 and ordered him to pay a victim surcharge of £66, compensation of £246 and costs of £100.
Magistrates also fined Joanne Gibson, 34, for failing to clear rubbish from her yard at the same address in Hill Street, Jarrow, where she is a tenant. She was fined £660 and ordered her to pay a victim surcharge of £66 and costs of £100.
The case was also proven against Jamie Stanley who was prosecuted for failing to clear rubbish from gardens at two properties he owns at Torquay Parade in Hebburn and at Hazlitt Avenue in South Shields. For failing to comply with notices served under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act he was fined a total of £1,320, and ordered to pay compensation totalling £280.46, total costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £66.
Tenant Donna Whitelaw, 35, was also fined for failing to comply with a notice served under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act for failing to remove rubbish from a yard at Emlyn Road in South Shields. The case was proven in her absence and magistrates fined her £660 and ordered her to pay a victim surcharge of £66 and costs of £100.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Leaving rubbish lying around is both unsightly and can attract vermin as well as posing a health risk.
“These significant fines indicate how seriously the courts take these matters and will hopefully act as a deterrent to others to clean up their mess when asked to do so.”
For information about the many ways waste can be safely responsibly disposed of in South Tyneside visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling or to report any issues, call the Council’s Customer Contact Centre on (0191) 427 7000.