Four Leeds fly-tippers have been hit with fines and legal costs of over £3500 for dumping rubbish in their gardens.
The four offenders were taken to court by Leeds City Council and prosecuted following their failure to remove the garbage following legal orders.
Hayley Kitson, 24, of Manor Farm Drive, Middleton, was fined £675, ordered to pay £400 in legal costs and was issued with a £40 victim surcharge after it was found the large amount of dog dirt that has built up in her garden constituted a public health risk.
Kitson was also guilty of ditching furniture and rubbish bags in her garden.
Shaida Misri, 32, of Atha Street, Beeston, was found guilty of leaving waste from building work in her garden. She was fined £400 ordered to a £40 surcharge and incurred legal costs of £481.77.
Julie Thompson, of Brompton Row Beeston, was fined £200, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and incurred legal costs of over £400 after dumping garbage in her garden while at a previous address.
Andrea Dutton, of Tempest Road, Beeston. was also given a £400 fine for leaving waste in her yard. She was ordered to pay £548.50 in costs and a £40 victim surcharge.
Speaking about the penalties imposed, Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for communities, said:
“These residents have displayed a real disregard for their neighbours and communities by failing to sort out their rubbish or letting their pets wander.
“Waste left to accumulate like this is not just unsightly – it can become a magnet for pests and can encourage fly tipping while dogs straying and fouling is simply unacceptable.”