CHESHIRE West and Chester Borough CouncilŠhas warned fly-tippers ofŠa new ‘hard-line’ approach to environmental crimes.

The authority has identified a number of fly-tipping hotspots across the borough including areas of Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich, Winsford and Frodsham, along with several rural sites.

ŠThese areas will be targeted with appropriate deterrents, including warning signage, which clearly identify that Monitoring equipment is also being used to gather evidence against offenders. Some of this evidence is already helping to compile prosecution cases.

ŠThe Council’s warning comes after a Winsford woman was given a four month curfew for a fly-tipping offence by Northwich Magistrates on Tuesday 12 May.

Sarah Louise Bishton age 24 of Esk Road, Winsford, pleaded guilty to dumping general household waste at Leslie Road and Blakeden Lane, Winsford on 11 and 18 November last year.

Bishton was ordered to pay £250 costs and ordered to wear a 'tag', preventing her from leaving her house between 7pm and 7am.

In a separate case on Wednesday 6 May, Northwich Magistrates Court ordered Emma Morton 27, of Broomsfield Close, Winsford to be fitted with a ‘tag’ for four months.

The order was made after Morton failed to comply with a 100 hour community service order – issued by magistrates after she pleaded guilty to fly-tipping phone books in the River Weaver in September 2008.

The offence took place at New Bridge Locks, Winsford, on 10 September 2008. Morton had been employed to deliver the directories to homes in Winsford.

ŠCllr Neil Ritchie, Environment Portfolio holder, said: “Let this stand as a warning to those who think it is acceptable to dump their waste around our borough.”

ŠTo report a fly-tipping incident contact Cheshire West and Chester Council on, tel: 0300 123 7026 or use the online report form at