Scunthorpe

£700 fine for Scunthorpe woman caught fly-tipping

A Scunthorpe woman was caught fly-tipping on camera and given a hefty fine after lying to the court.

Erika Dovidaviciute was spotted on camera adding to a pile of existing waste in an alleyway between Mulgrave Street and Burke Street, Scunthorpe.

After being alerted to the dumped waste, officers visited Dovidaviciute at her address in Sheffield Street, but no one answered the door.

When officers managed to get into contact with the suspected fly-tipper, she only admitted leaving a box of books.

Dovidaviciute was arrested on July 19 after failing to attend interview requests and court.

At her court hearing in Grimsby Magistrates Court on August 17, she changed her plea from not guilty to guilty after being shown CCTV evidence of her fly-tipping.

The court ordered her to pay a £300 fine, £230.65, £200 costs and a £30 victim surcharge – which totals £760.65.

In reaction to the court order, Councillor Ralph Ogg said: “People who commit this crime need to know that we’re going to catch up with you and take you to court.

“Our officers repeatedly tried to make contact with Dovidaviciute but she refused to engage with us, escalating the situation and leading to her arrest and prosecution.

“Residents can help us by reporting fly-tipping to us through our website so we can investigate who has dumped it and keep our streets clean.”

North Lincolnshire Council spends around £1 million each year cleaning up fly-tipping and litter from the streets.

Anyone who wishes to report fly-tipping can do so through the council website.