Council takes elusive fly-tipper to court

24 July 2017

A Chester woman has been ordered to pay fines totalling £1,660 after being prosecuted for fly-tipping by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Samantha Elizabeth Crawford (42), of Meadow Place, Handbridge, Chester was prosecuted for the fly-tipping of 17 bags of domestic waste in the garden of another householder in the area.

An investigation was started in April 2016 when the householder returned from a weekend away to find the bags had been left in the passageway of his property to the side of the garage.

When Regulatory Services Officers examined the bags six pieces of evidence were obtained.

Despite two letters requesting an interview with Miss Crawford and also visits to her home, Miss Crawford made no contact with Regulatory Services Officers regarding the matter.

On Monday, 24 July Chester Magistrates’ Court imposed fines and costs totalling £1,660.  Miss Crawford received a fine of £660 for the fly-tipping offence and was also ordered to pay costs of £940 and a victim surcharge of £60.  Miss Crawford did not attend court and has 28 days to pay.

As well as the environmental impact of making our streets look dirty and untidy, it costs the Council almost £600,000 a year to clear litter in the Northwich, Ellesmere Port and Chester areas.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Karen Shore said: “Following on from previous successful prosecutions, hopefully this case will act as a deterrent to potential offenders and make them think twice before fly-tipping waste.

“Sadly, some people still think they can dispose of rubbish wherever they want causing problems for residents and draining Council services.

“The message is clear…Fly-tippers beware.  We will do all we can to track you down and make sure you pay for what you have done.” If you discover illegal tipping of waste or see it being tipped, support the Council’s Street Care Pledge and report it 24 hours a day on the Council’s website (search ’fly-tipping’), on the Your Streets website (, via Twitter (@Go_CheshireWest), or in person at any of the Council’s Customer Service Centres.

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