Published: Friday, 8th Feb 2019

A flytipper, who twice dumped rubbish in the street just yards away from his local tip, has been handed a 12 week curfew.

Flytip TVFrank Antoni, 56, of Eldon Street, Bolton, admitted to the offences when he appeared at Bolton Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard how Bolton Council enforcement officers first interviewed the defendant in April following a routine patrol of Raikes Lane.
They had discovered a portable television, together with four bags of household and vehicle waste, dumped in a lay-by just a short distance from Hurstwood Court Recycling Centre.
Antoni initially denied responsibility until he was confronted with overwhelming evidence that the waste had come from his home address.
Council officers again visited Antoni the following month.
They had found eight black bags of garden waste, plastic wrapping, a quilt and two cardboard boxes in the same spot on Raikes Lane.
Investigations lead officers to an address in Halliwell Road where the occupant admitted paying Antoni £20 to get rid of the items on her behalf.
After initially denying the charge, Antoni changed his plea to guilty on the day of the trial, admitting to flytipping and not having a waste carriers license.
In mitigation, Antoni claimed he couldn’t use the tip because he had been banned for stealing.
Antoni must now serve a 12-week curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am, which will be monitored via an electronic tag.
He was also ordered to pay £1,000 in court costs.

Flytipping is a selfish and irresponsible offence which damages the environment.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said:
“This kind of offence is never acceptable, but this is a particularly shocking example of an offender dumping rubbish in the same spot twice within a matter of weeks.
“Flytipping is a selfish and irresponsible offence which damages the environment and blights our streets and public spaces.
“I’d like to remind everyone that if you are paying someone to take rubbish away for you, it is vital that you make sure they are a licensed carrier and ensure they provide you with a waste transfer note.”