19th August 2022



Fly-tipper pays the penalty after successful investigation

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A man has been ordered to pay more than £700, after being convicted of fly-tipping domestic waste in Manchester.

Paul Robert Crook, of Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, was fined £480 and told to pay costs of £200, plus a Victim Surcharge of £48 – a total penalty of £728.

A Manchester City Council officer discovered five bags of fly-tipped waste illegally dumped on Fernclough Road, Harpurhey, on Tuesday 22 March 2016.  Before having the rubbish cleared, the officer searched through the waste, obtaining evidence within three separate bags of rubbish which linked the offence to Crook.  

The case was then referred to the council’s Environmental Crimes Team, who offered Crook two separate opportunities to attend an interview to explain the situation.  Crook failed to attend on both occasions.

The case was heard at Manchester Magistrates Court on 13 April 2017.  Crook attended the hearing and pleaded guilty to the charge of fly-tipping.

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Nigel Murphy, said: “This successful prosecution by our Environmental Crimes Team acts as a reminder that household waste must be disposed of responsibly.  If you fly-tip your waste, then you are at risk of being punished for the criminal offence.

“Fly-tipping affects and angers everyone who cares about their local neighbourhood.  We will continue to work hard to prosecute anyone who thinks it is acceptable to illegally dump waste in Manchester.” 

The prosecution follows a recent case in which another Harpurhey resident was ordered to pay £250, after her domestic waste was found fly-tipped in her local area. 

Ann McDonagh, of Portwood Walk, Manchester, pleaded guilty to an offence under domestic duty of care regulations at Manchester Magistrates Court on 15 March 2017.

McDonagh claimed that she had handed over her rubbish to a man who called at her property and offered to dispose of it for her – but could give investigating officers from Manchester City Council’s Environmental Crimes Team no further information about the man.

Under the Environmental Protection Act, it is illegal to give domestic waste to a person who is not authorised to dispose of it.

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