A butcher has been fined more than £5,000 after dumping food waste which attracted maggots in the communal bins at the flats where he lived.
Hamed Ahmed (41) of Quality Halal Meats, Deane Road, admitted putting bloody food wrappings and other items in the bins outside his home in Thornbank East.
In August 2017, the council was asked to investigate by housing landlord Bolton at Home after caretakers found large amounts of business waste in a communal bin compound at the flats. It was preventing other residents disposing of their waste properly.
An enforcement officer monitored the situation for several weeks during which time paperwork, till receipts for Quality Halal Meats and bundles of white plastic wrapping covered in blood were left in and around the bins.
The officer also found butchers’ equipment, trays, loose paper and food waste which had also attracted maggots.
The waste was traced to Ahmed who admitted taking it home from his business. Despite being told that he was committing offences, he left more waste in the compound.
Ahmed pleaded guilty at Bolton Magistrates’ Court on January 15 to five counts of breaching his duty of care by allowing waste to escape his control, three counts of fly tipping and four counts of illegally transporting business waste.
He was fined £5,205 and has to pay costs of £1,035 and a £170 victim surcharge.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said: “There is no excuse for dumping rubbish in this way. This waste attracted maggots which is unacceptable and unfair to other residents who had to put up with it.
“Most of our businesses dispose of their waste responsibly but we will continue to work closely with our partners to crack down those who fail to do so.
“We are pleased with the substantial fine; it sends a clear message that we will prosecute those who blight our neighbourhoods.”
Zsaneta Stojkova of Mayor Street was also fined £220 and has to pay £300 costs and a £30 victim surcharge after dumping a table, a chair, a unit, carpet, clothes, wood and rubbish behind her home.
She was initially issued with an £80 fixed penalty notice by an enforcement officer that she did not pay.
Stojkova was proved in absence at Bolton Magistrates’ Court on January 15 of illegally depositing waste.
Flytipping can be reported online www.bolton.gov.uk/flytipping.