Portsmouth woman prosecuted in latest rubbish row

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A WOMAN from Buckland has become the latest person to be fined for putting her rubbish in the wrong place.

Rona Bell was ordered to pay a total of £407 for not putting her black bags in the communal bins in Grafton Street.

Earlier this week The News revealed how Portsmouth City Council was warning people they faced large fines for not putting their rubbish in the right place.

The council wrote to Bell three times warning her about her rubbish.

They then issued her a £100 fixed penalty notice which she ignored.

She was summoned to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court but did not turn up for the hearing.

The magistrates found the matter proved in her abscene.

She was fined £200 and will have to pay £207 in costs.

The magistrates ordered that the money should automatically be taken out of the benefits Bell receives.

She is the third person this week to be ordered to pay hundreds of pounds over putting her rubbish in the wrong place.

As reported in The News Amy Sharpe, of Kilmiston Close, Buckland, was ordered to pay a total of £357.16 in a fine and costs.

And Martin Bundy, of Grafton Street, Buckland, was told to pay £307.16.

Cllr Eleanor Scott, the cabinet member for environment, warned others who ignore pleas to put their rubbish in the right place would face court action.

If you have trouble putting your rubbish out call council’s street cleaning line on (023) 9283 4092.