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Fly-tippers prosecuted

Mansfield District Council has secured successful prosecutions against fly-tippers.

All cases were heard at Mansfield Magistrates' Court.

A fridge-freezer that cost one Mansfield man £615 in a fine and court costs.  John Gourlay of Rosemary Street pleaded guilty to fly-tipping after dumping the fridge on land at the back of shops on Ladybrook Lane.

At a hearing held on 16 July, John Gourlay of Rosemary Street in Mansfield pleaded guilty to fly-tipping, after dumping a fridge-freezer on land at the back of shops on Ladybrook Lane.

He was given a £400 fine plus £200 towards Mansfield District Council's costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The Magistrates imposed such a hefty fine due to the serious environmental and safety concerns involving the dumping of white goods.

Also on 16 July, Susan Smith of Barrowhill Walk, Oak Tree Estate pleaded guilty to two charges of a breach of a duty of care for three separate incidents in two months – that she had failed to take adequate steps to ensure that rubbish, including furniture, had been disposed of lawfully.

She was given a Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay £150 in costs to Mansfield District Council.

On 30 July, Amanda McCann, formerly of Ravensdale now of the Colonnade, Shirebrook, pleaded guilty to both fly-tipping and a breach of duty of care.

Neighbourhood Wardens had found a letter belonging to her among waste dumped in an empty property. She was fined £100 and ordered to pay £100 costs towards costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Also on 30 July, Frankie Anderson, of Elder Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield was admitted a breach of duty of care after letters belonging to her were found on an industrial estate in Maunside.

She was given a fine of £150 plus £150 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Finally, on 30 July, Dale Eaton, of Clumber Drive in Mansfield pleaded guilty to fly-tipping after witnesses saw him dump cardboard boxes, which also contained his name and address.

He was fined £150 and £415 in costs towards Mansfield District Council.

These cases bring the total number of successful prosecutions for fly-tipping or breach of duty of care brought by Mansfield District Council to 12 so far this year. Further cases expected to appear in court in the coming months.

Councillor Danny McCrossan, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council commented: "I welcome these prosecutions."

"Fly-tipping is a selfish act carried out by a small number of people who spoil the environment for the majority and tarnish the reputation of the District of Mansfield."

"Mansfield District Council has a zero-tolerance policy on fly-tipping and I hope these prosecutions send out a clear message to all members of the public that this behaviour is unacceptable and that this Council will seek prosecutions on all occasions."

"I would urge anyone who sees suspected cases of fly-tipping to report it to the District Council."

"I hope that this also reminds residents that they may also be found guilty of a breach of duty of care for failing to ensure that their rubbish is disposed of suitably."

To report fly-tipping, graffiti, abandoned cars or other environmental crimes, call the Grimebusters hotline on 01623 463463.

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