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Fishwick flytipping ends in fine for woman linked to waste bags

Posted on - 28th September, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fishwick, Preston Council, Preston News
The mound of bags found dumped

The mound of bags found dumped

A Preston woman has been fined for failing to answer questions about fly tipping in Fishwick.

Preston City Council were called after 40 household waste bags were found dumped in a gated alley between Chatsworth Street and Nimes Street.

The bags were taken away and examined for evidence, which led to council officers linking it to the address of Margaret Gilks.

The city council say a waste enforcement officer, Paul Cookson, made a number of attempts to speak to Ms Gilks but she did not communicate with him.

Ms Gilks was taken to Preston Magistrates Court by the city council, but failed to appear at the hearing on Wednesday 17 September.

She has now been fined £100, plus a £20 victim surcharge and has to pay £330 costs.

Councillor Robert Boswell, cabinet member for community and environment, said: “This prosecution should act as a strong message about Preston City Council’s zero tolerance on fly tipping. Fly tipping is a serious issue and if you are caught, or waste from your property is found fly tipped, you can be fined up to £50,000 or face possible imprisonment.”

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