Five given hefty fines for fly-tipping and littering in Kettering

Waste left behind by Rebecca Rippingale.
Waste left behind by Rebecca Rippingale.

A council crackdown on people fly-tipping and littering in the Kettering area has seen five people given hefty fines.

The offenders were ordered to pay more than £4,600 between them after hearings at Northampton Magistrates’ Court.

Waste left behind by Georgian Leanca.

Waste left behind by Georgian Leanca.

The highest fine dished out was to Notbulka Pfuma, who pleaded guilty to fly-tipping a large amount of carpet on the forecourt of California Car and Commercial Garage in Garrard Way, Kettering, in July 2017.

He was fined £750, with costs of £524.80 and a victim surcharge of £75, making a total of £1,349.80.

Others ordered to pay more than £1,000 included Kyle Sibley and Amber Paul.

Sibley was found guilty of littering after being seen throwing a cigarette end out of his vehicle in Lower Street, Kettering, on December 20, 2017.

He was offered a £75 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) but failed to pay the fine.

At his court hearing he was fined £660 with costs of £318.44 and a victim surcharge of £66, making a total of £1,044.44.

Paul was found guilty of littering after being seen throwing a cardboard cup holder out of her vehicle in Bryant Road, Kettering, on December 23, 2017.

She was offered a £75 FPN but also failed to pay the fine.

At court she was fined £660 with costs of £357.92 and a victim surcharge of £66, making a total of £1,083.92.

Rebecca Rippingale pleaded guilty to fly-tipping bags containing clothes and children’s toys in Newton Road, Geddington, in September 2015.

She was sentenced to a conditional discharge, with costs of £318.24 and a victim surcharge of £20.

Georgian Leanca pleaded guilty to fly-tipping 16 bags of household waste in Grange Road, Geddington, in November 2017 and was fined £433 with costs of £394.80 and a victim surcharge of £43.

Kettering Council has urged members of the public to remain vigilant, particularly in rural areas, and to report any suspicious fly-tipping activity by calling 01536 410 333 or at www.kettering.gov.uk/flytipping.

Shirley Plenderleith, head of public services at Kettering Council, said: “Fly-tipping and littering not only blight neighbourhoods but cost time and money to remove – resources that would be better spent elsewhere.

“Kettering Council takes fly-tipping offences very seriously and will prosecute offenders where possible.”