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Fly-tippers punished after dumping waste at empty properties

Tuesday 11th September 2012

Two fly-tippers have been punished after Barnsley Council took them to court.


Haley Bunney, 23, of Carlton Street, Grimethorpe, appeared at Barnsley Magistrates Court on Thursday.


She had been seen by a resident dumping household waste into gardens of empty properties on Poplar Avenue, Goldthorpe, and was reported, a council spokesman said.


Officers investigated and found evidence in the waste leading to another property on Poplar Avenue. Bunney pleaded guilty and was fined £100. She was also ordered to pay £196.95 towards the council’s costs and a victim surcharge of £15 - a total of £311.95.


Investigators then interviewed the householder at Poplar Avenue to find out how waste from the address had ended up being dumped at an empty property by Miss Bunney.


Tracey Beeley, 46, admitted paying Miss Bunney to take her waste away.


Beeley also appeared before magistrates on Thursday. She was given a conditional discharge for six months, and was ordered to pay £196.95 towards the council’s costs.


Cabinet spokesman, Coun Roy Miller, said: “Fly tipping is a serious environmental offence; it makes areas look run down and uncared for, which can deter investment. It can be hazardous to health and a fire risk, and can attract more waste to an area. In this case the waste was dumped at empty privately owned properties on the same street."


He added that householders should be aware they face prosecution if someone they pay to take waste does not dispose of it properly.