A guilt-ridden fly-tipper who dumped a pile of rubbish in a car park returned to the scene of the crime to clear it up.
Manchester Magistrates were told how James Paul Agboola was caught on CCTV dumping bags of waste at the Empress Street Car Park in Old Trafford on 4th January, 2019.
Trafford Council’s Environmental Improvement Team wrote to Mr Agboola after finding him via a vehicle record search. On receiving the letter he drove to the site and started removing the waste from the floor, the court heard.
Mr Agboola, aged 43, of Manchester Street, Old Trafford, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Manchester Magistrates Court on Tuesday and was given a 12 month conditional discharge and told to pay £400 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Following the case, Trafford Council reassured residents that officers would continue to target fly-tippers in the borough.
Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality and Climate Change, said:
This man drove to a public car park and dumped a huge pile of rubbish onto the floor. After realising he had been caught, he returned to clear up. We will not accept this kind of behaviour and will continue to target fly-tippers in the borough.
The fly-tipper in this case was filmed carrying out this environmental crime on Trafford Council CCTV cameras. Anyone planning on doing the same thing should remember that our CCTV operatives will be watching closely. If you are caught, you will be prosecuted – it’s as simple as that. We will do everything in our power to ensure the borough is as green and litter-free as possible.”
If you witness anyone fly-tipping in the borough, please let us know by calling 0161 912 2000.
Posted on Thursday 18th July 2019