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24 bin bags of waste dumped in Accrington alleyway
5:32pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A HOUSEHOLDER who dumped bags of rubbish outside his home has been fined almost £1,000 as part of a crackdown by the borough council.
Karl Robert Beaumont, of Avenue Parade, Accrington, left 24 black bin liners full of waste in the alleyway behind his home instead of putting them in his wheelie bin.
He was convicted in his absence at Hyndburn Magistrates Court of failing to comply with an Environmental Protection Act notice served on him.
Beaumont was fined £400 with a £40 victim surcharge as well as being ordered to pay £160 legal costs and £360 investigation costs. The council is getting tough on cases of flytipping, with several offenders being put before the courts in the last few months.
Coun Clare Pritchard, the deputy leader of Hyndburn Council and cabinet member for environmental health, said it was important the issue was tackled to stop neighbourhoods being ‘blighted’ by rubbish.
She said: “This is another case of someone ignoring officer’s requests to remove the rubbish they have dumped in their neighbourhood.
“Taking people to court is a last resort, and we like to give people a chance first.
“But we cannot have people chucking black bags into the streets.
“It blights the area for people living nearby and in many cases the rubbish we find is recyclable, there is no need for it to go to landfill.
“We are proud that we have quite a clean “We always take these cases seriously.
“And we will pursue people who dump rubbish through the courts where, as in this case, they could end up facing hefty fines and costs.”
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