|Fly tippers caught out
Fly tippers are being warned they face big fines following the conviction of two men for dumping waste.
Wigan Council successfully prosecuted two men for dumping household waste on land off Heyford Road in Marsh Green.
Wigan Magistrates Court heard how Nathan Seddon, of Victor Close, and Lewis Hare, of Kitt Green Road, had dumped bags of household waste on 18th November 2017.
They were caught on CCTV removing the rubbish from a property and leaving some near a neighbouring property and the rest was found off Heyford Road.
Following investigations by Wigan Council’s environmental enforcement team they tracked down the pair which led to the prosecutions.
Magistrates handed Nathan Seddon a 12 month community order with 100 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay £200 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge while Lewis Hare was handed a six month community order with unpaid work and an eight week curfew between 7am and 7pm along with £200 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
Councillor Carl Sweeney, 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. That is why we will take any steps necessary to find and prosecute offenders and this case is a clear example of what happens when we catch fly tippers out.
“As part of The Deal we encourage residents not to fly tip and recycle their waste correctly so that the council can keep Council Tax low. We need residents to help us by reporting incidents and hotspots so we can carry out enforcement and catch these offenders who blight our communities.”
Residents can report incidents of fly tipping via the council’s Report It app or online at www.wigan.gov.uk.