Wiltshire Council has successfully prosecuted a Salisbury resident that fly-tipped household waste onto school grounds in the city.
Nadine Russell, aged 30 of London Road, Salisbury, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday 4th January and pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping of household waste into the grounds of Chafyn Grove School.
The council’s Environmental Enforcement Officers conducted an investigation and found that evidence of this crime being committed was posted on social media; this was crucial in securing this conviction.
Ms Russell also failed to attend an interview under caution regarding this offence and failed to pay a fixed penalty notice of £400. As a result, she was prosecuted in the magistrates court for the dumping of waste and was ordered to pay a total of £636 in fines and costs.
Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Cabinet Member for Highways and Waste, said, “This prosecution shows that we take all fly-tipping reports seriously and will fully investigate them, however small.
“Fly-tipping is a blight on our local environment, a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and it is a drain on council resources. The household recycling centre is less than 10 minutes away from where the waste was dumped.
“We have a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping and we will take formal action against any offenders. If people see fly-tipping, please report it to us, and we will take action.”
Residents can report fly-tipping and unauthorised waste carriers here or by calling 0300 456 0100.