Fines given after rubbish is dumped
Residents are being warned not to use back lanes as dumping grounds or face action by the council.
Two residents in Wallsend received on-the-spot fines for dumping mattresses, broken furniture, a fridge and rubbish in the back lanes behind their homes.
The pair were handed £50 fixed penalty notices during a recent inspection in Wallsend town centre while a business owner was given a warning for not disposing of the premise’s waste properly.
Elsewhere, a 25-year-old woman from North Shields was fined £659 at North Tyneside Magistrates Court for dumping bags of litter in a back lane.
And a 44-year-old woman, also from North Shields, was ordered to pay £495 for not picking up after her dog then providing a false name and address to council officers.
The action is part of a rolling programme of activity by enforcement officers from North Tyneside Council’s new community and public protection team.
Team manager Colin Boxshall said: “North Tyneside is a great place to live, work and visit and we will not allow a minority to spoil it.
“As well as making the area look untidy, materials left in a back lane can be a safety hazard.
“We will continue to take a strict approach to fly-tipping, visiting homes and businesses, until we put a stop to those inconsiderate people dumping rubbish.”
The community and public protection team will continue inspecting back lanes across the borough.
Officers will make use of powers under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act.
Fines and community protection warnings and notices will be issued where appropriate.
Fly-tipping can be reported on the council’s website, www.northtyneside.gov.uk
Residents can also request a bulky waste collection on the website or by calling 0345 2000 103.