Driving ban for alleyway fly tipper

  • Wednesday 24 April 2024

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Picture of white goods and mattress fly tipped in alleyway

Picture of white goods and mattress fly tipped in alleyway

A fly tipper, who dumped rubbish in an alleyway as well as using residents' waste container bins to dump building materials and household waste, has been successfully prosecuted by the Council.

Daniel Chiwoko, aged 49, of Longford Street, Gorton, had pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33(5) at a hearing in June last year and was sentenced at Manchester Magistrates Court today 24 April 24. He received a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for 3 months. He was also ordered to pay costs of £522 and a victim surcharge of £95, making a total of £617.

He had driven his white Ford Transit vehicle to Beresford Street in Moss Side on 21 December 2021, reversed down the street to park in front of the residential waste containers, filled the containers with building materials and household waste until they were full, leaving no room for local residents to get rid of their waste. He went on to dump items that were too big to fit into the containers into the adjacent alleyway.

A local resident who witnessed this happening, sent photographic evidence to the Environmental Crimes Team, who subsequently traced the vehicle owner Mr Chiwoko.

He was invited to a recorded interview, which he attended on 21 April 2022 and admitted the offence when shown the witness's photographs. He claimed that he thought he could put the waste in the residential containers as he was disposing of a friend's waste who lived close by, however he did not provide any details of this person.

Neil Fairlamb, Manchester City Council's Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods said:
"This was a particularly selfish environmental crime as the fly tipped rubbish in the alleyway was not just an eyesore but it also meant that the local residents had nowhere to put their rubbish as the bins, which had only just been emptied, were filled with builder's rubbish. I am grateful to the resident for bringing this injustice to our attention and to our Environmental Crimes Team and legal officers who have successfully led this prosecution. I want to reassure residents that if they are the victims of fly-tipping the Council will investigate and bring offenders to justice.”

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