Council takes action against fans urinating in gardens and alleyways

Trafford Council has taken stern action against football fans who use alleyways and people’s gardens as a toilet.

Residents on Elton Street and Railway Road in Stretford have complained that some fans attending games at Old Trafford are threatening their health and wellbeing by urinating in their alleyways and gardens.

As a result, Trafford Council Enforcement Officers, together with local neighbourhood police teams, have been patrolling the area on match days to catch fans in the act. So far, 19 fans have been caught and issued with fixed penalty notices amounting to £150 each. The Council will continue to patrol the area on match days and continue to hand out fines to those caught urinating.

Cllr Stephen Adshead, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services, said:

“This is a disgusting act and we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in our communities. This is a serious health and wellbeing issue and we will continue to come down hard on those who think this is acceptable. Please do not think it is okay to urinate in public places like this – not only is it horrendous, it is also a criminal offence.

“People’s children play in the rear gardens and alleyways and their bedrooms overlook the alleyways where the football fans are urinating. Would you want your child to witness this? We have already fined a number of people and will continue to do so until this stops for good. It is simply awful and shameful behaviour.”

Trafford Council had placed signs in the area to discourage people from entering the alleyways. Temporary plastic barriers were also put across alley entrances during match days but they were simply pushed aside.

Posted on Tuesday 14th December 2021