22nd October 2020

Fly-tipper snapped by resident pays £1,487 penalty

A man from Higher Blackley has been ordered to pay nearly £1,500, after a member of the public caught him fly-tipping waste in Harpurhey.

The quick-witted local resident took photographs of two men in the act of dumping the rubbish near Kingsbridge Road, before contacting Manchester City Council.

The resident gave a witness statement, which, combined with the photographic evidence, allowed the council’s Environmental Crimes team to launch a successful investigation.

In January 2017, the resident noticed a van pulling up on an access road off Kingsbridge Road and watched as two men proceeded to dump a mixture of domestic waste and bulky items from the rear of the vehicle.

Photos taken showed a mobile phone number printed on the side of the van, which was traced to a man from the Droylsden area.  When interviewed under caution, the man, a director of a scaffolding firm, confirmed that the van was a company vehicle and identified the driver as Hughes, an employee of the company.

Under caution, Hughes admitted to the offence and also confirmed that the dumped waste was not connected to his employment.  However, he refused to identify the second man who was visible in the photos of the incident.

Hughes failed to attend an initial court hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  After being brought to a second hearing on Wednesday 25 April 2018, Hughes, 32, of Mirfield Road, Higher Blackley, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Manchester Magistrates Court.

He was fined £680 and ordered to pay costs of £739, plus a victim surcharge of £68 – a total of £1,487.

Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Nigel Murphy, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to the resident who provided us with the evidence we needed to convict Hughes, who has rightly been hit with a heavy financial penalty for his shameless fly-tipping.

“This successful prosecution shows that the support of the community can be absolutely invaluable in helping our Environmental Crimes team to bring selfish fly-tippers like Hughes to book.”

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