£2k+ penalty for fly-tipper at local green space

Elizabeth Doherty was prosecuted by Manchester City Council’s Environmental Crimes Team, after two separate fly-tipping incidents were reported to the council by local residents.

Officers working for the council found that more than 20 bags had been dumped at a green area just off Anfield Road.

The officers gathered evidence linking the offences to Doherty, before clearing the site.

Doherty, 37, of Anfield Road, Moston, was offered two separate opportunities to provide evidence at an interview under caution, but failed to attend on either occasion. At an initial hearing, she pleaded not guilty and a trial date was consequently set for 10 August 2018.

Doherty failed to attend the hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court and was convicted of fly-tipping in her absence. She was fined £990 for the two offences, plus court costs of £1,130 and a victim surcharge of £66 – a total penalty of £2,186. Doherty was given 28 days to pay up and a collection order was imposed.

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “To illegally dump waste in your own neighbourhood, particularly at a green space, is outrageous, so I’m glad that Ms Doherty has received a heavy financial penalty for these shockingly selfish offences.

“I’d like to thank the local residents who promptly reported the offences to us and our Environmental Crimes team for their continuing efforts to clamp down on fly-tippers.

“There is never any excuse for fly-tipping in Manchester and we will not stand by and let people get away with blighting our neighbourhoods through irresponsibly dumping their waste.”

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