THIS was the disgusting scene on Huddersfield’s Riddings estate after a mum-of-four dumped bin bags over her garden fence.
Chantisse Campbell, 34, admitted she threw bin bag waste out of the back of her Riddings Road home – claiming the black bin issued by the council was not big enough to fit her family’s waste.
Campbell, of Deighton, appeared at Dewsbury Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to ‘knowingly causing or permitting controlled waste to be deposited on land’.
Sarah Swarbrick, prosecuting, told the court that officers from Kirklees Council’s Environmental Services visited the rear of Riddings Road on March 30 and discovered mail addressed to Campbell’s property in the waste.
She said Campbell was interviewed the following day and admitted dumping waste, claiming the council would not collect her bin if it was overflowing.
The court heard how Kirklees Council cleared the site at a cost of £465.
Defence solicitor, Arshad Khan, said in mitigation that his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
He said: “She is 34-years-old and of previous good character. She is a mother-of-four children one of whom suffers from Crohn’s Disease.
“She accepts undoubtedly that what she did was wrong. She tells me not all of the rubbish belonged to her, but admits her culpability for her part in it.
Magistrate David Lewis told Campbell: “This is absolutely disgusting.
“It has cost everyone in Kirklees to have this cleared up at a total cost of £465. If you had phoned the council and taken action sooner to have rubbish cleared away, this could have been dealt with.
“There is no excuse for flytipping.”
He ordered Campbell to pay the £465 clearance fee and a £100 fine.
He added: “I am restricted with the fine due to your income.”
He warned the defendant that she would face custody if she came before the court again on a similar matter.
Campbell will pay £20 a fortnight until the £565 total is paid off.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “Flytipping is something we take very seriously as it can have a negative impact on communities in all kinds of ways, from being an eyesore to potentially causing health difficulties.
“It is also expensive to clean up, which is a cost that ultimately falls to all local taxpayers.
“The fines handed out in court reflect the seriousness of flytipping and we will not hesitate to prosecute others in the future if they commit similar offences.”