Woman fined for fly tipping at beauty spot
A woman who pleaded guilty to her involvement in fly tipping household rubbish at a Meden Vale beauty spot last summer has been hit with a hefty fine by Mansfield Magistrates, following a prosecution by Mansfield District Council.
Charlotte Harley (23) of Croxton Court, Mansfield Woodhouse, was fined £150 and ordered to pay costs of £50 and a victim surcharge of £15 - a total of £215.
Harley is the third person to be convicted for involvement in a fly tipping case at the Bottoms Local Nature Reserve, off Netherfield Lane, Meden Vale in June last year. Scott Brazier (40) and Ashley Fowlds (19) of Roston Close, Oak Tree Lane, Mansfield were sentenced by Mansfield Magistrates in May 2011 and both received the same fines as Harley.
Harley accepted that when the binmen refused to empty Brazier and Fowlds' bin, she showed them a suitable spot where she believed the contents of the bin could be dumped without being discovered. She denied being involved in the act of depositing the waste but accepted her involvement in the commission of the offence.
Councillor Mick Barton, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council said: "Fly tipping is unsightly and unacceptable anywhere, but even more so when it blights a local beauty spot which is used and enjoyed by many members of the public.
"Although Miss Harley did not physically dump the waste herself, she still encouraged the two others by showing them where to dump the rubbish and I hope this sends out a clear message that no matter whatever part you play in fly tipping it is still a criminal offence and will not be tolerated.
"The Council operates a zero tolerance approach to all 'enviro-crimes' and where we have evidence we will continue to take action against the minority whose behaviour has such a detrimental effect on our communities."
To report fly tipping, graffiti, dog fouling or excessive litter in the Mansfield District call the Council's Grimebusters hotline on 01623 463 463.