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Bridlington man and woman fined for dumping rubbish on a footpath

Date
Tue, 25 Sep 2018
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A Bridlington man and woman have been ordered to pay £961 each after bags of rubbish were found dumped on a footpath in the town.

Scott Sweeney and Rebecca Lee Pickering, both of Burstall Hill, Bridlington, were found guilty of unauthorised dumping of waste by Bridlington Magistrates at the court on Wednesday 19 September.

Mr Sweeney and Miss Pickering, who did not appear at the hearing, were each fined £660 and ordered to pay £235.40 costs and a £66 victim surcharge.

The court heard a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council visited the scene of fly-tipping on a footpath between Owthorne Close and the rear of Burstall Hill, Bridlington, on 5 July this year.

The officer found several black bin bags of household rubbish containing food waste and packaging abandoned on the footpath.

Evidence was found at the scene which related to both Mr Sweeney and Miss Pickering.

Despite being contacted by the council about the matter, Mr Sweeney and Miss Pickering did not respond.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to warn residents they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally.

Residents are urged to take any waste they can’t put in their waste bins at home to their local household waste recycling site, hire a licensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away, or use the council’s own bulky waste collection service.

Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice and, if unpaid, the issue will be taken to court, where they could face an unlimited fine or even a prison sentence.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at the council, said: “The council investigates all reports of fly-tipping and any evidence found will be used to take further action which could include a fixed penalty or even prosecution in court.”

Fly-tipping information:

  • To find your nearest household waste recycling site visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk and search for ‘recycling’.
  • For guidance on how to check if a person is a licensed registered waste carrier visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
  • The council provides a service offering to take away bulky waste, which costs £30 for up to five items, and can be booked through the website. Just search for ‘bulky waste collections’.
  • Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
  • People are asked not to touch any fly-tipped waste or approach anyone they see fly-tipping.