Manchester City Council’s Environmental Crimes team secured four more prosecutions in November, with the total penalties handed down totalling almost £10,000.
The fines, handed to two businesses from Rusholme and Withington plus two Manchester residents, follow successful investigations from the team, which was established in 2016 to beef up the city’s fly-tipping enforcement operation – gathering the evidence needed to identify offenders and take them to court.
The highest fine went to 360 (Rusholme) Ltd, which was ordered to pay £6,100 by magistrates for a large-scale dump of its commercial waste on Vauxhall Street, Cheetham. The company, registered to an address on Wilmslow Road, failed to send an appropriate representative to an interview under caution and also failed to attend two hearings at Manchester Magistrates Court. The firm was found guilty in its absence and was fined £5,000, plus £930 costs and a £170 victim surcharge, on Thursday 16 November.
Cheetham resident Katrina Baldwin was ordered to pay £1,336, after being successfully prosecuted for fly-tipping for the second time this year. In June and July 2017, officers found dumped waste in an alleyway on Cheetham Hill Road and uncovered evidence linking both offences to Baldwin, 27, of Cheetham Hill Road. Baldwin failed to attend an interview set up to discuss the incidents and also failed to attend a hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court on Tuesday 21 November. She was fined £660 and told to pay court costs of £632, plus a victim surcharge of £44.
Moston resident Sarah Bardsley was prosecuted after dumped waste and furniture within the yard of her property on Kenyon Lane was reported to the council in March 2017. Bardsley, 23, ignored a letter ordering her to remove and appropriately dispose of the waste, to avoid causing issues with rats and mice. In April, after a legal notice had been served, officers working for the council found two more fly-tips of waste and furniture in the local area – and established in both cases that these contained items which had previously been found within Bardsley’s yard. She ignored requests to attend an interview under caution and was subsequently prosecuted. On Wednesday 15 November, Bardsley, who did not attend court, was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £900, plus victim surcharge of £44 – a total of £1,384.
Zubair Saeed was told to pay £1,006, following an investigation after his commercial waste was found dumped in an alleyway behind his shop, Withington News and Groceries, on Mauldeth Road West. A council officer visited the store and requested a copy of Saeed’s waste disposal agreement – a legal requirement for all businesses. Saeed, 38, could not provide such a note, repeatedly failed to attend interviews under caution set up to discuss the case and ignored a Fixed Penalty Notice, which was issued in May 2017. He pleaded guilty to failing to have a waste contract at Manchester Magistrates Court on Monday 27 November and was fined £200, plus costs of £776 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Nigel Murphy, said: “This latest round of prosecutions shows that individuals and businesses who think they can get away with blighting our neighbourhoods can expect to hear from our Environmental Crimes team – and will learn the hard way that Manchester doesn’t tolerate those who shirk their responsibility to dispose of waste responsibly.
“It’s important that we all work together to combat fly-tippers, so if anyone has any information which could help us to catch a criminal, I’d urge you to get in touch.”
To report a fly-tipping incident in your area, or if you can provide information which would help the council to catch a fly-tipper, go to www.manchester.gov.uk/flytipping.