Second fine for woman who dumped rubbish bags

Dumped: Rubbish dumped on the pavement
Dumped: Rubbish dumped on the pavement
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A woman who repeatedly dumped rubbish in a city street has been fined for the second time in four months.

Nicola Jane Coles, of Deepdale Road, Preston, was ordered to pay £990 after leaving bin bags on the path outside her home.

The 41-year-old had already been left £280 out of pocket after continuing to dump waste on the pavement last year.

On February 12 this year, a council officer went to a small road off Deepdale Road, and discovered six black refuse sacks on the footpath directly outside Coles’ home.

One of the bags was open, and another one had signs of having been attacked by animals, with some loose waste spilling out onto the pavement.

The officer also found some smashed mirror glass lying on the pavement. The contents of the bags revealed documentary evidence traced to Miss Coles, and she was summoned to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court on April 8.

She failed to appear on that day and the case was proved in her absence. She was ordered to pay a £600 fine, £330 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Coles had previously been summoned to court on December 17 for a breach of a section 46 statutory notice.

She had been served with the notice on August 28, following the discovery of bin bags next to a bin on Deepdale Road, and had continued to dump waste on the pavement.

She was found guilty in her absence and ordered to pay a £110 fine, £150 in costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Deputy head of parks and street scene, Mark Taylor, said: “Miss Coles has failed to change her behaviour following her previous fine. This type of conduct will not be tolerated in Preston. We work hard to keep the streets and open spaces of Preston tidy.”