Hefty fine for woman fly tipper

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

New higher fines introduced for fly tippers have come into force in Doncaster.

The new guidelines, set out by the Sentencing Council, will see fly tippers and offenders whose crimes involve noise nuisance, smoke or carry a health risk also being hit by harsher fines.

One of the first to be hit is Rebecca Lea Knighton of Clarence Avenue, Balby, who was charged with depositing and leaving waste on her street on August 9 last year.

She did not attend Court so the case was proven in her absence. She was fined £400, ordered to pay costs of £145, and a victim surcharge of £40, which must be paid in 28 days.

Coun Joe Blackham, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Trading Services, said “This is a fantastic result which sends the message out strong and clear that residents who spoil Doncaster will pay the penalty.

“The Sentencing Council said it wanted magistrates to make more use of the ‘highest levels of fines’.”

Coun Blackham added: “Anyone with knowledge of fly tipping is urged to come forward and report it to us, and trained officers will do their best in each case to find evidence to make a prosecution.”