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A WOMAN who repeatedly caused nuisance to her neighbours by starting bonfires has been prosecuted.

Sharon Stanley, of High Lawn Way, Leigh Park, was found guilty in her absence for breaching an abatement notice at Portsmouth Magistrates Court.

She was fined £500 with £300 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The court heard Stanley had been receiving frequent deliveries of waste from a licensed waste carrier.

This was subsequently burned by her and her sons at the property.

Firefighters were called to the property in September 2012 to deal with a bonfire that had become out of control.

More rubbish was also found ready to be burnt at the property. This, together with other evidence gathered by Havant Borough Council’s environmental health team, led to Mrs Stanley being served with the abatement notice.

Stanley continued to burn more waste in November 2012 and breached the notice. She then failed on a number of occasions to attend a police and criminal evidence interview to discuss the matter, giving the council no alternative but to prosecute.