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Waste build-up leads to hefty fine

Friday 20 July

 

A Kirkby man has been charged after failing to comply with orders to clear waste from his property.

Nicholas Lockyear, 50, of James St, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, appeared in court charged with one offence of failing to comply with a community protection notice on 11 January 2018, contrary to section 48 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. 

The court heard that officers commenced an investigation in November 2017 after receiving a complaint from a neighbour that there was a large amount of waste on his back garden.

Lockyear ignored informal requests to remove the waste and was served with a community protection notice instructing him to remove the waste within 28 days. By January 2018 the waste had still not been removed and Lockyear was issued with a fixed penalty notice which he failed to pay.

The court found that Lockyear had failed to comply with the community protection notice and that he did not have a reasonable excuse for failing to do so.

The magistrates imposed a fine of £165, costs of £500, and victim surcharge of £30, making a total £695.

Cllr Christian Chapman, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “This is a fantastic result, this type of crime causes a whole host of environmental issues and it will not be tolerated on any level in Ashfield.

“The officers involved have done a fantastic job of giving evidence and clearly the magistrates acknowledged the amount of time they had spent trying to resolve this matter informally before prosecution was left as the only option.”