Melissa Hayes, the mum, says she will have big problems to pay the fine she was issued by South Tyneside Council
A MUM has to pay the penalty of £400 for ‘fly-tipping’ grass trimmings on a field.
Melissa, who is 30 years old, stated that she will have a hard time to pay the fine from the local council.
She was caught while illegally dumping garden waste from a single black sack and was issued a fine.
Melissa, employed in the local call centre, who is living with her mum in South Shields, stated:”The location where I dispose of the waste is a big field full of nettles. The local council ignores it, and it’s simply left to grow.”
“I was not dumping a settee or something alike, and I also took the bag back home with me.”
“I am devastated as I believe the £400 fine is too much and I don’t have the idea how will I pay the fine.”
“I realise now that I broke the law, I am truly sorry and definitely won’t happen again, but the fine is far too high.”
Local council stated that she was identified after the tip-off about her vehicle registration plate at the scene in Cleadon Hills, South Tyneside.
The council believed the fine would act as a deterrent.
Melissa said that she chose to dump the waste as a result of lengthy queues at the council-run tip.
Only 24h later, Melissa got a letter from the local council with a fine of £400.
She continued:”At that time I did not see anything wrong in what I was doing.”
“I have been working around my garden and cutting the grass to keep it tidy, and I thought that all I was doing is putting natural waste into the nature.”
“In past, I went to the council’s tip few times and had to queue, so it just crossed my mind why don’t I just put it in all the high nettles?”
A spokesperson of local council said:”Crimes like this are managed by issuing a Fixed Fine Notices or prosecution through the courts, which can lead to a conviction and eventually to penalties of as high as 50,000 and six months of prison time.
“Not only fly-tipping is illegal activity, but it also forces the council to spend significant budget resources to deal with it.”