On 18 February 2016, a Yaxley woman pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates Court to failing to comply with a formal notice issued by Huntingdonshire District Council.

Tracey Northam (42) of Lilac Walk, Yaxley, was served with the notice which required her to provide information on who took her rubbish away after household rubbish containing paperwork with her address on was found fly-tipped near the nature reserve at Holme Fen on 28 July 2015. Miss Northam ignored this notice and was sent a second notice, which she also ignored. She was then invited to attend an interview, under caution, to offer an explanation, but failed to turn up.

Miss Northam was subsequently prosecuted for failing to comply with the notice. She failed to turn up to court on two separate occasions and was eventually arrested to appear in court on 18 February 2016 where she pleaded guilty. Miss Northam was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs totalling £200.

Cllr Robin Carter, Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment, said: "In order to track down fly-tippers, enforcement officers often have to serve formal notices on owners of rubbish that is fly-tipped. Miss Northam now has a criminal record because she failed to co-operate with a fly-tipping investigation. We hope this sends a strong message to residents that they should not rely on a ‘man with a van’ to dispose of their rubbish. If we fail to catch the fly-tipper, enforcement action can be taken against the owner of the rubbish."

If you see someone fly-tipping or would like to report an area where fly-tipping has taken place, please let us know. See the Fly-Tipping page for further information and details of how to make a report.