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Published: Friday, 22nd December 2017

Residents who thought they could get away with littering and dumping waste across the borough have been successfully prosecuted by Oldham Council.

Luke Scanlon advertised a rubbish collection service on Facebook and waste that he had collected was found dumped on Low Crompton Road, in Royton earlier this year.

Following an investigation by Environmental Enforcement officers, evidence was found linking the 29-year-old to the rubbish.

On December 20 at Tameside Magistrates’ Court Scanlon, of Chancery Lane, Shaw, pleaded guilty to a duty of care offence regarding dumped waste. He was fined £290 with £800 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The same court dealt with Mohammed Majid (41) who took household goods, including sofas and a freezer, from his business and dumped them near his home on Shaw Street, Oldham. 

He pleaded guilty to fly tipping in Tameside and was fined £190 with a victim surcharge of £30 plus costs of £600.

Leah Daubney pleaded guilty to fly-tipping when household waste was found dumped to the rear of her property.

The 21-year-old of Margaret Street was fined £200 with £614 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Earlier in the month – December 6 – more people appeared in court after blighting the borough.

Cheryl Oliver, of Randolph Street, Oldham pleaded guilty by post to littering after she failed to pay a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for leaving two black bin liners of rubbish near her home.

She was fined £40 with a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £50 costs.

Gheorgie Sain, of Savoy Street was issued with a FPN on May 31 after black bags were found dumped behind his address. He didn’t pay and also failed to appear in court. The case was proved in his absence and he was fined £220 with a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £250 costs.

Tanya Shaw, of New Earth Street left black bin bags in an alleyway and failed to pay an FPN when evidence was found linking her to it. She also failed to attend court and case was proved in her absence.

She was fined £220 with a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £250 costs.

Another resident who dumped bin liners – in Beresford Street - rather than disposing of them properly was Sophie Stevenson of Brookdale Street, Failsworth.  

She didn’t pay her FPN and also failed to appear in court.

She was fined £220 with a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £406 costs.

Anthony Whatmough (47) admitted leaving waste at the junction of Ethel Road and Alton Street and accepted an FPN. But he failed to pay and also didn’t attend court. He was fined £220 plus a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £356 costs.

A Council enforcement officer issued Alexandru Liliana with an FPN after he saw her leaving broken furniture on Brewerton Road on May 3. She didn’t pay the FPN.

Liliana also failed to attend court and the case was proved in her absence.

She was fined £220 with a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £250 costs.

Valentina Raducanu thought she could get away with leaving a black bag containing rubbish in a car park on Ashton Road. The incident was witnessed by a council officer and she was given an FPN.

She failed to attend court and the case was proved in her absence.

Raducanu was fined £220 with a £30 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £250 costs.

Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “The council is sick and tired of having to clean up waste that has been dumped by irresponsible people. I’m sure these sentiments will be shared by the vast majority of residents who clean up after themselves.

“Council employees should not have to drive around our borough picking up waste that people can’t be bothered to dispose of properly. With our budget being constantly cut this is not a good way for money to be spent and is not sustainable.

“Everyone needs to do their bit. If anyone sees people fly-tipping then we urge you to get in touch with us – these prosecutions we will take action if we find evidence.”

To report fly-tipping call 0161 770 2244 or visit www.oldham.gov.uk/flytipping

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