Woman fined after rubbish is found dumped in Syston

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A woman who paid for rubbish to be removed by unlicensed traders has been prosecuted by Charnwood Borough Council.

The council took 25-year-old Kirstie Pegg to court after her rubbish was found dumped by the roadside in Meadow Lane, Syston.

Furniture, rubble, carpet and other waste was found dumped.

Pegg pleaded guilty to failing to check that someone removing waste was properly licensed.

Letters found in black bags at the site addressed to Pegg led investigators to her.

She admitted to paying £30 to a man who offered to take them away from her home.

Pegg, of Babbington Road, Barrow-Upon-Soar, told magistrates she didn’t realise she had committed an offence and had assumed the man would take the waste to the tip.

Charnwood Borough Council environmental crime officers received several reports about the fly-tipping in Meadow Lane, Syston, in September 2014.

Pegg, who appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on February 26, was given a six-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay £100 towards the council’s costs and to pay a £15 victim surcharge

Eileen Mallon, the council’s strategic director for housing, planning and regulatory services, said: “People need to understand that if they pay someone to remove waste then they have a duty to find out if they are licensed.

“If you do not check and the rubbish is later fly-tipped you could find yourself in court.

“We take fly-tipping very seriously and we will prosecute people who fall foul of duty of care offences, as well as people who illegally dump rubbish.”

l To check if a waste operator is registered with the Environment Agency call 03708 506506.