Two defendants pleaded guilty at Bolton Magistrates Court on 2 June following successful prosecutions by Bolton Council for two separate cases of fly-tipping.
The cases were against Jacob Billy Smith of Crompton Lodge, Caravan Site, Hall Lane, Farnworth and Bartosz Motyka of Shepherd Cross St, Bolton.
Mr Smith received a fine of £100 plus £20 victim surcharge and £200 costs which he agreed to pay at £20 per week and Bartosz Motyka was given a £160 fine with £20 victim surcharge and £200 costs payable at £5 per week. The level of fines reflected their income and ability to pay.
The prosecution of Mr Smith is a result of Bolton Council Environmental Enforcement Officers, who on Thursday, May 2, 2013, noticed rubbish dumped at the entrance of council property on Aqueduct Road, Bolton. The waste consisted of black bin liners and lots of waste around the bags containing paper towels, bunches of hair, a broken sign and personal documents relating to a Mrs Burrows and her Divas Hair and Beauty World business which is based in Radcliffe.
On interviewing Mrs Burrows she said she’d paid Jacob Billy Fiver Smith, who is a regular customer, to take the rubbish to the local tip.
On questioning Mr Smith he admitted removing the waste for her in exchange for £30 and a free course of sunbed treatment. He further admitted the fly-tipping claiming that the local waste amenities site was closed at the time.
Mrs Burrows was informed that the waste contained her personal information and she would need to arrange the removal and clean up at her own cost.
The second case came to light on Monday, December 16, 2013 when a Bolton Council Enforcement Officer came across fly-tipping of household waste at the rear of a property in the Oxford Grove area of Bolton.
The rubbish consisted of 12 black bags of refuse and evidence extracted from the waste linked it to Bartosz Motyka. When interviewing him, he admitted to placing seven bags of waste outside his property saying his black bin had not been emptied by refuse collectors on two previous occasions. However, after further investigation it was shown that there had been no reports of any missed collections in the street as he described.
Councillor Sufrana Bashir-Ismail, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services said “We take the issue of fly-tipping very seriously and investigate all incidents to establish who is responsible for dumping the waste. When we can identify those involved, we instruct them to clean it up, issue fines and ultimately take them to court if necessary.
“It’s important that businesses and residents take responsibility to ensure that they dispose of their rubbish appropriately for the benefit of our environment and for everyone in Bolton. I hope these prosecutions send out a clear message to those who think they can get away with fly-tipping and expect others to pick up the cost of disposing of their rubbish.”