A Cheetham resident has been handed a penalty of £270 by magistrates, after admitting to littering and fly-tipping in her own neighbourhood.
Katrina Baldwin, of Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham admitted the two charges at Manchester Magistrates Court on 15 February 2017.
In June 2016, officers from the waste management firm Biffa, working on behalf of Manchester City Council, were sent to investigate reports that domestic and garden waste had been dumped at the end of a gated alleyway on Cheetham Hill Road.
Evidence linking the offence to Baldwin was retrieved during the clean-up. The council wrote to Baldwin, to offer her the opportunity to explain why her waste had been found dumped at the location, but she failed to respond. A Fixed Penalty Notice was issued for the littering offence in July 2016, but was not paid.
In September 2016, Biffa workers discovered six bags of domestic waste dumped in an alleyway at the rear of Cheetham Hill Road and retrieved evidence linking Baldwin to the crime from five separate bags.
The case was referred to the council’s Environmental Crimes Team, who invited Baldwin to attend an interview under caution to discuss the fly-tipping incident. Baldwin refused to attend any such interview – saying that she had ‘better things to do with my time’ – and was advised that she would be prosecuted.
In a hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court on 15 February, Baldwin pleaded guilty to one offence of littering and one offence of fly-tipping. She was fined £80 for littering and £60 for fly-tipping and ordered to pay £100 in court costs, plus a £30 victim surcharge.
Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Nigel Murphy, said: “I’d like to thank the council’s Environmental Crimes team and our contractors Biffa for their efforts in securing the prosecution of this repeat offender. In committing these offences, Baldwin clearly had no regard for her neighbours and her refusal to engage with our team left us with no choice but to take her to court and secure a criminal conviction.
“We will continue to clean up and investigate when we receive reports from residents of fly-tipping and littering. We are determined to punish the selfish minority who think that they can get away with these crimes.”