A visit to New Viaduct Street in Ancoats and Beswick was an expensive trip for a woman found guilty of flytipping.
Ms Keighley Whyte, 27, of Tartan Street Clayton pleaded guilty to the offence at Manchester Magistrates Court on Friday 4 March. She was prosecuted under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act for flytipping rubbish on New Viaduct Street in Ancoats and Beswick and was fined £80 plus £34 victim surcharge and £500 costs, totaling £614,00.
Council CCTV footage showed that on 11 June 2020 a grey Fiat Punto drove onto New Viaduct Street in Ancoats and Beswick, parked up and two females got out of the car, dumped rubbish from the vehicle onto the road and then drove off.
Biffa operatives, working on behalf of Manchester City Council, visited the site the next day and evidence from the waste linked it to Ms Whyte. Further investigation showed that the Fiat Punto was also registered to Ms Whyte.
She did not respond to requests for interview and legal proceedings were initiated. After failing to attend the first court hearing a warrant was issued and Ms Whyte was subsequently arrested on the execution of the warrant and was brought before the courts on Friday 4 March 2022.
Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for Neighbourhoods said: “This is an environmental crime that doesn’t make sense on any level. Not only is it an unnecessary cost to the council, and hence the taxpayer, it was an expensive way for this woman to get rid of rubbish when she could have taken it for free to a local tip. Once again, we want to send a message to anyone who thinks they can get away with blighting our environment, we will not tolerate flytipping in the city, and we will continue to bring prosecutions to court to show that this behaviour is not acceptable in our city.”