FLY-tipping rubbish has cost two culprits hundreds of pounds after they were caught following an anonymous tip-off.
Haley Bunney, aged 23, of Carlton Street, and Tracey Beeley, 46, of Poplar Avenue, both in Grimethorpe, appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court charged with illegally dumping waste.
The court heard a resident spotted Bunney dumping household waste in the gardens of empty properties on Poplar Avenue, Goldthorpe, and reported it to Barnsley Council.
Officers examined the waste and found evidence leading to another property on Poplar Avenue.
When officers visited the property, the waste was linked to Beeley, who admitted she had paid Bunney to get rid of the rubbish for her.
Bunney pleaded guilty and was fined £100, ordered to pay costs of £196.95 and a victim surcharge of £15 – a total of £311.95.
Beeley received a six-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £196.95 prosecution costs.
Barnsley Council’s cabinet spokesman for environment Coun Roy Miller said: “Fly-tipping is a serious environmental offence – it makes areas look rundown and uncared for, which can deter investment.
“It can be hazardous to health and a fire risk and can attract more waste to an area. In this case, the waste was dumped at empty privately-owned properties on the same street.
“Where evidence leads to the person responsible for fly-tipping we will always pursue the matter through the courts to send out a clear message to others this sort of irresponsible behaviour will not be tolerated in Barnsley. “
“Householders should also take note that they can also end up facing charges if they are not careful about who they give their waste to, people should always use a licensed waste carrier when disposing of their waste, to ensure it isn’t just dumped around the corner, as happened in this case.
“We would like to thank the public for reporting this to us and would encourage anyone who witnesses fly-tipping to report it to the council.”