Stonebridge woman fined £900 for dumping rubbish

Pamela Page has been convicted of illegally dumping

Pamela Page has been convicted of illegally dumping - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

A Stonebridge woman has been convicted for dumping a black rubbish bag on the street where she lives and ordered to pay nearly £900 for her crime.

Pamela Page, 49, of Brentfield Road, was charged under the Environmental Protection Act for illegally dumping on December 9 last year.

After sifting through the waste in search of evidence, Brent Council waste enforcement officers issued Page with an £80 fixed penalty notice for the offence, payable within 14 days.

When the penalty notice wasn’t paid, officers were then able to then issue court proceedings.

Page, who failed to turn up at her trial at Willesden Magistrates Court was fined £100 for her crime, ordered to pay a victim’s surcharge of £20 and cover court costs of £770.50, bringing the total amount she is liable to pay to £890.50.

Her penalty notice would have been reduced to £50 if paid within ten days.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “I’m sure that the majority of Brent residents feel as strongly as I do that the behaviour of those who flytip and litter in Brent is completely unacceptable and it is a crime against everyone in our community.

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“We will always do our utmost to take the strongest action possible against those who show such a total lack of consideration for their fellow residents and respect for their local area by committing this crime.

“It is easy to dispose of rubbish legally in Brent and those who choose instead to damage our local environment by flytipping are risking a hefty fine or even a conviction.”