Evidence left with discarded refuse leads to successful conviction

Warrington is continuing its crack down on people who illegally dispose of waste, with another successful prosecution. Published: Tuesday, 10th September 2019

Warrington Borough Council has continued its crackdown on illegal waste disposal after another conviction.

Lauraine Walker, 56, of Poplars Avenue, Warrington, attended Warrington Combined Courts on Wednesday 28 August 2019.

Ms Walker was found guilty due to refusing to assist the council with their enquiries into the discarding of 15 bags of household refuse at Orford Youth Base on Capesthorne Road, on 6 February 2019.

Evidence found in the refuse bags pointed towards Ms Walker’s residence on Poplars Avenue.

The council wrote to her on several occasions and served a notice asking her to make contact with the authority to help them with their enquiries.

The act was deemed an offence under the s.110 Environment Act 1995 and Ms Walker was ordered to pay a fine of £100 and a victim surcharge of £30. No costs were awarded to the council.

Cabinet member for environment and public protection, Cllr Judith Guthrie said: “We are glad this has resulted in another successful conviction.

“It’s unacceptable to think that fly-tipping or disposing of waste illegally is ‘someone else’s problem’. We all have a duty to dispose of our waste correctly and I would urge all residents to be vigilant, report any instances of fly-tipping and assist in our enquiries, so that we can continue our crackdown.”

For more information on waste disposal in Warrington, including assisted collections, disposing of large items and recycling, please visit warrington.gov.uk/bins