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Prosecution for Liverpool 'eyesore' owners

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

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Two owners of vacant properties in Liverpool who failed to remove rubbish from overgrown gardens have been fined.

Laurence Burke was found guilty in his absence at Liverpool Magistrates' Court of failing to remove overgrown vegetation and rubbish from the front and rear garden of a house in Onlsow Road, Fairfield

The court heard the gardens were providing shelter for rats and mice and the property had become an eyesore.

Also found guilty in his absence was David Marley of Hawthorne Road, Bootle.

In October 2013, a complaint was received that there was fly-tipped waste and tyres to the front of a house in Priory Road ,Anfield. Records showed that there had been a number of complaints in the past.

Marley was fined £1000 and ordered to pay £800 in costs.

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for housing, said “The impact of derelict houses on the local community is immeasurable and infestations of rats and mice cause untold distress.

“When refurbished both these houses would make lovely family homes and it is part of the Mayoral Pledge to deal with long term vacant houses and engage with owners to bring the properties back into use.

“In these cases our efforts were frustrated and we had no option but to take legal action – this should be a warning to those who let their vacant property go to wrack and ruin, work with us to put the property right or face the consequences."

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