Woman fined for dumping rubbish behind her house

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A court has ordered a woman to pay a total of £846.56 after she moved house and left a pile of rubbish at the back of her old home in Goole.

Brooke England, formerly of Jackson Street, left units, drawers, children’s toys and personal items including photographs and information relating to a business in a heap at the back of the property.

Miss England, now of Doncaster, pleaded guilty to depositing waste on land without permission or authorisation when she appeared before Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday September 29.

She was fined £200, ordered to pay £446.56 costs, a £180 criminal court charge and a £20 victim surcharge.

The court heard East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s streetscene enforcement officers were called to investigate a report of fly-tipping in Jackson Street, Goole, on June 15 this year.

Items removed from the rubbish related to Miss England and her property.

In mitigation, Miss England told the court she had moved house to Doncaster two days after putting the rubbish at the back of her house in Jackson Street.

She told the court she had left the waste behind while she hired a van to move it. When she returned, she discovered the council had already removed the waste. She apologised for the offence.

The council continues to warn residents to make sure they dispose of their rubbish correctly.

Fly-tipped waste has to be taken away at council tax payers’ expense. If items can be traced back to their owner, they could face a fine of up to £50,000.

Mike Featherby, the council’s head of streetscene services, said: “All reports of fly-tipping are investigated by the council and any evidence found will be used to bring a prosecution.

“Residents have a duty of care to make sure their waste is disposed of properly.”

Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at the council’s website Fly tipping (search for ‘fly-tipping’).

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