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Mum fined for dumping furniture behind house

Unsightly: The mess left on the land in Ashton which the council had to clean up. Below: Alicen McCaulay

Unsightly: The mess left on the land in Ashton which the council had to clean up. Below: Alicen McCaulay

This is the unsightly rubbish heap dumped by a mum behind her own home.

Alicen Yvonne McCaulay, 29, caused a filthy grotspot on open land behind her then home in Ryelands Crescent, dumping refuse sacks, bedroom furniture, children’s toys and other loose litter over a concrete wall.

In the mini-tip were a broken pine bed, wrapping paper, a teddy bear, footballs and blue plastic storage boxes.

Residents complained to Preston City Council about the heap of rubbish in January and an investigation was launched.

It cost the council £250 to clear up the mess.

The defendant, who now lives on Hesketh Street, Ashton, is £430 out of pocket after pleading guilty to fly-tipping at a hearing at Preston Magistrates Court.

The bench ordered her to pay a £110 fine, a £20 victim surcharge, and £300 in legal costs.

Coun Robert Boswell, cabinet member for community and environment, said: “This sentencing should act as a strong message about Preston City Council’s zero tolerance on fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is illegal and if 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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