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Hyndburn fly-tippers hit with £1k penalties
TWO fly-tippers have been ordered to pay more than £2,000 between them after ignoring requests to clear up.
Andrew Bloomer dumped bags of rubbish in the alley behind his house, in Midland Street, Accrington, magistrates heard.
Council officers cleaned up the mess, traced it back to Bloomer and served him with a fixed penalty notice.
The 39-year-old, convicted of a similar offence last year and given a conditional discharge, ignored the notice, and letters asking him to attend an interview.
He was summoned to court, but did not attend and was found guilty, in his absence, of failing to bin the rubbish, and ordered to pay £1,145 in fines and costs.
In a separate case, Toni Oxton, 27, of Penny House Lane, also in Accrington, was ordered to pay £1,000 for having more than 20 black bin bags, and scattered waste, in her back yard.
Black bags were also found in her garage.
She ignored requests to clean up the mess, and also ignored an abatement notice council officers served on her.
The council removed the waste and Oxton was summoned to court.
She did not turn up at Hyndburn Magistrates’ Court and was convicted, in her absence of contravening the abatement order.
She was fined £200, plus a victim surcharge of £20, and ordered to pay £780 costs.
Hyndburn Council deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, Coun Clare Pritchard, said: “We take a hard line on anti-social behaviour and will always take people who dump rubbish in their own back yard, in the alley behind their home, or anywhere else, to court, if necessary.”
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