Middleton residents hit with fines for fly-tipping

Date published: 30 April 2021

Two more local residents have been fined in connection with fly-tipping offences after investigations by Rochdale Council resulted in successful prosecutions.

Both individuals should have appeared at Manchester & Salford Magistrates’ Court on Friday 9 April for offences contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (1990) but failed to attend. They were both forced to attend court under warrant on Tuesday 20 April, 2021.

Paul Jones of Middleton, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping a large amount of waste in the alleyway to the rear of North Street. He was fined £160 and also ordered to pay costs of £400 and a victim surcharge of £32.

Terence Potts of Middleton, pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care in the transfer of his household waste. He employed a man and van to remove the waste without ensuring the company was licensed by the Environment Agency. The waste was subsequently found fly-tipped at the side of Middleton Parish Church. Mr Potts was fined £120 and also ordered to pay £390 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge.


Mr Jones' waste was found on North Street, Middleton
Mr Jones' waste was found on North Street, Middleton


Mr Potts' waste found at side of Middleton Parish Church
Mr Potts' waste found at side of Middleton Parish Church


Mark Widdup, director of neighbourhoods at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “We’re continuing to crack down on fly-tipping and other environmental crimes. Residents must be mindful to check carefully who they hire to remove waste, and to only use people who can prove that they are licensed by the Environment Agency. Failure to do so is a crime in itself.

“Like many other places we have seen the levels of fly-tipping soar lately and we all must do our bit to clamp down on mindless litter louts and take a stance to stop unlicensed waste carriers.”

Warrants were also issued on 9 April to two further residents who have had their cases relisted for June 2021, with further cases scheduled for the same month.

If you have any information about fly-tipping; littering or those responsible, please report it at rochdale.gov.uk/flytipping or by calling 0300 303 8884.

Details on how to check for waste carrier licenses can also be found on the same page.

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