Council officers have successfully prosecuted a resident believed to have withheld information relating to fly-tipping.
Mrs L Damaschin of Humber Road was fined more than £650 at magistrates court on Monday for failing to attend court or to explain why a couch, carpet and other household material dumped on her street.
Magistrates heard from council officers who explained that they believed that the lady, who lived in the property, where the material had been left outside, was either involved in the fly-tipping or knew who was responsible for the offence.
Council officers from the street enforcement team served the lady a Section 108 notice which required her to identify who was responsible - if it wasn’t her. Mrs Damaschin failed to co-operate with officers and also failed to attend court – which was looked at unfavourably by magistrates.
Cllr Abdul Khan, deputy leader Coventry City Council, said: “The Section 108 notice was used to encourage potential fly tippers, or those we believe may have information, to engage with the investigative process.
“Failing to do so was equivalent to obstructing an enquiry.
“I’m delighted that magistrates have supported us. It is a warning to potential culprits that we will do all that we can to catch the culprits.”
Levels of fly-tipping have been spiralling in the city, and in recent weeks councillors have supported a plan to increase street cleaning teams in the city with one-off funding of £107,000 for more street cleansing and to target an increase in fly-tipping particularly in parts of the city.
The money will fund an extra mobile fly-tipping team along with two extra street cleaning barrows. Last year the Council prosecuted 35 people for fly-tipping.
Fly-tipping is an offence and the fly-tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if dealt with at Crown Court) or an offender may face a prison sentence.
There are 15 cases currently going through the judicial system this year. The council is also calling on the public to be vigilant.
Cllr Abdul Khan, added: “Anyone who witnesses fly –tipping should report it when they see it. Where we can gather evidence we will prosecute the offenders, and this case is an important example of the work being undertaken.”
Anyone who wants to report fly tipping at www.coventry.gov.uk/reportflytipping or call 08085 834333.