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Fly-tippers fined almost £1,500 by magistrates

13 May 2016

TWO fly-tippers who dumped waste in Sheffield have been fined a total of almost £1,500 after being caught in the act and brought before magistrates.

Lynda Peaker, of Scholes Lane, Rotherham, was spotted throwing a black bag of waste into the undergrowth at the side of Greaves Lane in Stannington.

A witness made a note of the registration plate of her vehicle and reported the incident to 101.
Investigations by Sheffield City Council’s environmental protection service led to officers interviewing Miss Peaker – who denied throwing any bags of waste.

The matter was heard at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 10 May, where the 44-year-old was found guilty and ordered to pay a total of £640 in fines and costs.

The following day, Wednesday, 11 May, the same court fined a Sheffield builder £813 for illegally dumping waste.

In April last year, a warden from Sheffield City Council’s housing service saw two men shovelling waste off the back of a flatbed lorry in Delves Road, Hackenthorpe.

When approached, the driver of the lorry sped off, leaving his colleague behind. The warden was told that the tipping had been done with permission, but she remained suspicious and reported the incident to the council’s environmental protection service.

Investigations led to officers identifying the vehicle owner as Terry Dey, of Farm View Gardens, Sheffield. Mr Dey, 52, was invited to an interview at the council’s offices but did not attend.

The matter was then heard at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Wednesday 11 May, where Mr Dey pleaded not guilty.

Magistrates, however, found him guilty and fined him £230. He was also ordered to pay costs of £560 and a victim surcharge of £23, totalling £813 in fines and costs.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“We are again delighted that the courts are backing our tough stance on keeping Sheffield clean and tidy.

“This action shows that the council is determined to take action against fly-tippers and those who spoil our city.

“The council works hard to keep Sheffield clean, with staff sweeping the streets, working in the city’s parks and across housing estates.

“Despite these efforts, each year the council receives more than 4,000 requests from people reporting fly-tipping”.

Cllr Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment, added:

“Leaving white goods such as fridges and washing machines, or other items, on the side of the road is fly-tipping. If these goods are traced back to the resident then we can take legal action against them.

“We would prefer residents to use any one of the five Household Waste Recycling Centres we provide or to arrange a bulky collection from home through Veolia.

“If people choose to use a local tradesperson with a vehicle to remove waste, then residents should make sure they know who they are and that they are legally entitled to take waste.

“Disposing of household goods correctly will help to keep our city clean, which will benefit the entire city and its residents.”