A flytipper who dumped rubbish in her back street has been ordered by magistrates to pay thousands of pounds.
Kate Greenhough, 26, of Chorley Old Road in Bolton, was caught after a council enforcement officer traced the waste back to her.
The court heard that Bolton Council’s enforcement officers came across the rubbish on a routine patrol.
The household waste included a large wooden pallet, shelving, a lampshade, and black bags dumped at the back of Chorley Old Road.
Greenough told an officer that she and her partner had put it there for a friend to remove over the weekend.
She then became uncooperative, shut the door and refused to speak any further to the enforcement officer.
Later that day Greenough’s partner made a threatening phone call to the enforcement officer.
Three days later the waste was still there, and the officer had to arrange for its removal.
Despite repeated attempts, the enforcement officer was unable to make contact with Greenough to resolve the issue.
A fixed penalty notice for £80 was issued which Greenough did not pay.
She failed to attend Bolton Magistrates’ Court on Friday (March 29) and was found guilty (in her absence) of illegally depositing rubbish.
She was fined £1,173, ordered to pay costs of £859 and a victim’s surcharge of £117, totalling £2,149.
A council spokesperson said: “This case will hopefully act as a deterrent and make people think before flytipping waste.
“There are no excuses for flytipping and for the behaviour displayed by this resident and her partner.
“Flytipping is a criminal offence and we would always urge people to dispose of their waste properly.
“We will do everything we can to identify culprits who dump waste and those who think they’ll get away with it should expect a knock on the door.”
To report flytipping visit www.bolton.gov.uk/flytipping.