Fly-tipping case costs Somercotes woman £600

A Somercotes woman had to pay out £600 after being prosecuted by Amber Valley Borough Council following a fly-tipping incident.

Abbie Bonnington entered a guilty plea when she appeared before Southern Derbyshire Magistrates, charged with an offence of neglecting her Duty of Care contrary to Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Council officers had discovered rubbish in a lay-by at Millstone Lane, Pentrich, containing evidence linking it to Abbie Bonnington. In mitigation the defendant said she had handed over £100 to a man who had agreed to take the waste and dispose of it at a tip. As she could not produce details of who she had passed the waste to she was prosecuted under the Duty of Care clause.

Magistrates fined her £80 as she is in receipt of benefits, and ordered her to pay a Victim Surcharge of £20 and costs of £500.

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