Northamptonshire woman fined more than £1,000 after 12 sacks of fly-tipped waste including dirty nappies found

The fly-tipping at Ditchford Lakes, Rushden
The fly-tipping at Ditchford Lakes, Rushden

A Rushden resident has been fined more than £1,000 in relation to a fly-tipping offence in Rushden.

In May 2015, officers from the waste team at East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) were called to reports of a pile of fly-tipped waste found at Ditchford Lakes.

Officers discovered 12 sacks of household waste containing food and dirty nappies.

The waste was traced back to Courtney Upshall of Rushden, who was then given several opportunities to explain how the sacks got there.

Ms Upshall refused to give information about the environmental offence and did not return any of the documents or reply to the authority.

On December 5, 2015, Ms Upshall pleaded guilty in court to failing to comply with a notice served under the Environment Act and was fined a total of £1,115.

Charlotte Tompkins, waste manager at East Northamptonshire Council, said: “If you receive any letters from ENC requesting information relating to an offence of fly-tipping, it’s important to reply as failure to respond is also an offence under the Environment Act.

“ENC has a zero tolerance policy on any matters of environmental crime and residents and businesses may be liable for a conviction and fine if they do not respond.”

Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping is asked to report it at or by calling 01832 742026.

The more information you can give, the better chance the council has of a successful prosecution.

Useful information includes the time and date of the incident, the location of the incident, a description of the person/s involved, a description of the vehicle used (registration number, make and model, colour) and a description of the waste being fly-tipped (quantity and type of waste).