Gainsborough: Woman fined for dumping household rubbish in a public park where children were seen playing with it

Theaker Avenue Nature Park
Theaker Avenue Nature Park

A Gainsborough woman who dumped household rubbish in a conservation area has been fined a total of £770 and a Gainsborough man was fined £240 for fly tipping in a rural area.

Natalie Anne Moran, 29, of Theaker Avenue, pleaded guilty and was fined £150, and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge and £600 compensation to the council for clear up and investigative costs on Thursday 13th February.

The court heard that Ms Moran left her household rubbish on Theaker Avenue Nature Park on or around 25th August 2013.

There were around 20 assorted bags containing household waste which included books, papers, toys, clothing, numerous disposable nappies, dirty sanitary wear.

Young children were observed playing in the rubbish, splitting the bags open and spreading the rubbish across an area of about three square metres.

The case was heard before Judge Stobbart who said: “This is the nastiest piece of rubbish tipping that has come before me and I have seen a few, it is a disgusting offence in a recreational place where children play.”

She was interviewed and admitted that she had dumped the rubbish there, because all her bins were full and she couldn’t be bothered to take it to the local Gainsborough tip.

Lee Anthony Woodmansey, 26, of Richmond Road also appeared before Judge Stobbart at Lincoln Magistrates Court.

He pleaded guilty to a breach of the householders duty of care regulations in relation to domestic waste.

Mr Woodmansey failed to make reasonable checks to make sure that the person he allowed to transfer his household waste to had a waste carriers licence and was authorised to carry the waste.

He was fined £70, victims surcharge of £20 and ordered to pay £150 costs to the council towards clear up and investigative work.

Mr Woodmansey had not checked that the scrap man had a Waste Carriers licence.

Coun Jessie Milne, chairman of the council’s licencing and regulatory committee, said: “These cases show that if you not get rid of your waste in the proper manner, we will prosecute you.”

“It’s not fair that other residents have to see the eyesore that this causes, or have to pay extra council tax to get it cleared up.”