A woman has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after failing to supply information about a fly-tipping offence in Stoke-on-Trent.
Ana-Maria Brasoveanu was taken to court after waste including mattresses, a bed base, clothes, a wooden cabinet and general rubbish were dumped in an alleyway behind Warrington Road, in Joiners Square.
Brasoveanu was prosecuted after failing to co-operate with Stoke-on-Trent City Council investigators, who were looking into the fly-tip that was discovered on May 14 last year.
Brasoveanu, of Warrington Road, did not attend an interview after the council wrote to her. The council then sent her a notice requesting information under Section 108 of the Environment Act 1995, but again she did not respond. She was then informed of the council’s intention to take the matter to court.
At North Staffordshire Magistrates Court, Brasoveanu, who did not attend, was found guilty of an offence under the Environment Act 1995. She was handed a £440 fine, £550 costs and a £44 victim surcharge – a total of £1,034.
Councillor Anthony Munday, the city council’s cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “Over the last four years we have been serious about cracking down on fly-tipping and environmental crime. Residents had told us they were fed up with the amount of fly-tipping they were seeing in the city so we invested in extra staff and resources to combat the problem and introduced a zero-tolerance approach against those responsible.
“Recently the number of fly-tipping reports in Stoke-on-Trent fell for the first time in five years, which tells me our approach is working, but we can’t afford to get complacent. Fly-tipping is a serious offence which not only results in considerable cost to the public purse to clear but is also harmful to the community and the environment. It’s simply not fair that law-abiding residents should have to put up with fly-tipping on their doorstep, and we will continue to take the strongest action possible against those responsible.”
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