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Blackburn landlady and resident fined over £3,000 for flytipping

A resident and a landlady have collectively been made to pay more than £3,000 for fly-tipping.

Landlady Zubeda Haq, 64, of Preston New Road, Blackburn, was found guilty of two offences at Blackburn Magistrates Court.

The first offence related to failure to clear up waste at a tenant’s property in Exeter Street, Blackburn.

She denied the offence but was found guilty at a trial and ordered to pay a £660 fine, £1,100 costs and a £66 victim surcharge.

The landlady pleaded guilty to dumping waste from a property at Hollin Bridge Street, Blackburn, onto nearby land and was ordered to pay £360 court costs and £177 compensation.

Meanwhile Christopher Lynch, 34, of Gretna Walk, Blackburn, was caught on CCTV dumping waste from his car on Paterson Street, Blackburn, in October.

He pleaded guilty to the charges at Blackburn Magistrates Court and was fined £433, plus £200 costs and £43 victim surcharge.

Councillor Jim Smith, executive member for environment at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “Whether you’re a resident or a landlord with responsibility for a property, these prosecutions show that the council will not tolerate waste offences in Blackburn with Darwen.

“These individuals now face large financial penalties as a result of their failure to dispose of waste correctly.

“There are two household waste recycling centres in Blackburn with Darwen which operate over a seven day period.

“There’s no excuse for dumping waste and making a mess of our communities.

“Most people take pride in their communities and look after the area where they live, but those people who don’t need to show more consideration for their neighbours.

“I would like to ask residents to remain vigilant about fly tipping and to report any incidents to our Environmental Waste Crime team for investigation.

“If you’re struggling to dispose of your waste and need help and advice please contact us.”