Wigan fly-tippers taken to court
Vandals who have been dumping rubbish on open land around the borough are being warned they will be put in the dock for fly-tipping.
Wigan Council issued the warning after two men were prosecuted for dumping household waste in Marsh Green.
And this week another pair of fly-tippers pleaded guilty to a number of offences.
Lewis Hare, of Kitt Green Road, and Nathan Seddon, of Victor Close, were brought before the bench at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court for abandoning rubbish on land off Heyford Road.
They were caught on CCTV removing waste from a property and leaving some near a neighbouring address and the rest on the open space.
They were brought to justice following investigations by the town hall’s environmental enforcement team.
Seddon was given a 12-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £200 in costs and an £85 victim’s surcharge.
Hare was given a six-month order with unpaid work, an eight-week curfew between 7am and 7pm and the same level of costs to pay.
Meanwhile magistrates on Tuesday heard Stephanie Walker and Daniel Yates, both of Mitchell Street in Ince, plead guilty to fly-tipping.
Walker, 24, dumped numerous bin bags of rubbish in an alleyway near her home in February and also in mid-July.
Yates, 27, also put black bags full of household waste in the same alleyway in April, on and around June 14 and on or about October 15.
However, the duo will not be sentenced immediately as Yates denies a similar offence involving leaving non-domestic waste in a rear alleyway behind Michell Street on June 1.
That will have to be dealt with before the guilty pleas, meaning they will be back in the dock on January 8.
Coun Carl Sweeney, Wigan Council cabinet member for environment, said: “There is absolutely no excuse for fly tipping, it is a nuisance to our communities and costs money to clear away. We will take any steps necessary to find and prosecute offenders and the case of Seddon and Hare is a clear example of what happens when we catch fly-tippers out.”
Fly-tipping can be reported using the ReportIt app or at www.wigan.gov.uk