A man caught fly-tipping in Withington has been ordered to pay £650.
Local residents, who witnessed the crime, notified the council. The shared photographs of the illegal action were later used as part of the prosecution.
Edward Simpson, 31, of Ladybarn Lane, Withington, was fined £120 with costs of £500. He also received a victim of crime surcharge of £30.
On Saturday 5 November 2016, two men were seen taking items from a vehicle parked on Whitby Road, Fallowfield. A short time after, they dumped them in a nearby alley.
Local residents who witnessed the illegal action notified the council and indicated they would be willing to help prosecute them.
Using photos supplied by the residents, the city council managed to trace Simpson, the driver of the vehicle. He admitted the offence when interviewed under caution.
At a hearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court, on 31 May 2017, Simpson pleaded guilty to the offence of fly-tipping.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, released a statement.
“I’d like to thank our residents for reporting this illegal action to the council. Their quick thinking in taking photos of the crime along with the evidence they provided has led to this successful prosecution.
“Fly-tipping is a crime that can blight neighbourhoods, there’s no excuse for it, and we welcome any help from residents in our efforts to stamp out this despicable behaviour”.
Since October 2016, the City Council has issued Fixed Penalty Notices totalling £1,360 against offenders found illegally dumping in the Whitby Road area.
The city council has now installed a CCTV camera in the area after listening to resident’s concerns about persistent fly tipping near Whitby Road.