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Flytipper convicted for the second time in a week

For the second time in eight days a woman has been convicted of flytipping in Fenland.

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Angela Ashton, who now lives in Huntingdon, pleaded guilty to the second offence at Peterborough Magistrates Court last week (December 17).

She admitted depositing a washing machine in Doddington Road, Benwick, on June 18. But she said she had intended it to be collected by a scrap dealer

Accepting her guilty plea, magistrates ordered her to pay a total of £360 in fines and costs.

The previous week (December 10) Ms Ashton was found guilty of dumping a trailer-load of rubbish, including a tarpaulin, a plastic laundry basket and a number of boxes, in Dykemoor Road, Doddington, on March 8.

For that offence, she was ordered to pay nearly £1,500 in fines and costs.

Both prosecutions were brought by Fenland District Council under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act.

Councillor Peter Murphy, the council's Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: "We're pleased to have secured another conviction. It demonstrates again our determination to do all in our power to crack down on flytipping and reinforces the message that we won't hesitate to prosecute whenever we have sufficient evidence.

"Sentencing is, of course, a matter for the magistrates in each case.

"We continue to work closely with the police, other authorities, businesses and landowners to tackle the problem. We also rely heavily on the support of the public. So once again we urge people to report any incidents to us, providing as much detail as they can about those responsible."

Article added December 21, 2015