Yaxley resident fined after failing to provide information on fly-tipper

Peterborough Magistrates' Court
Peterborough Magistrates' Court
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A Yaxley woman has been fined for not providing information on fly-tipping.

Tracey Northam pleaded guilty on February 18 at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to failing to comply with a formal notice issued by Huntingdonshire District Council.

Northam (42) of Lilac Walk, Yaxley was served with the notice requiring her to provide information on who took her rubbish away after household rubbish, found fly-tipped near the nature reserve at Holme Fen on July 28 2015, contained paperwork with her address on.

Northam ignored this notice and was sent a second notice which she also ignored.

She was then invited to attend an interview under caution to offer an explanation, but she failed to turn up.

Northam was subsequently prosecuted for failing to comply with the notice.

She failed to turn up to court on two separate occasions and was eventually arrested to appear in court on February 18 where she pleaded guilty.

Northam was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs totalling £200.

Councillor Robin Carter, executive councillor for operations and environment, said: “In order to track down fly-tippers, enforcement officers often have to serve formal notices on owners of rubbish that is fly-tipped.

“Miss Northam now has a criminal record because she failed to co-operate with a fly-tipping investigation. We hope this sends a strong message to residents that they should not rely on a ‘man with a van’ to dispose of their rubbish.

“If we fail to catch the fly-tipper, enforcement action can be taken against the owner of the rubbish.”