Six more caught in clam­p­down on lit­ter­ing

Middleton Guardian - - FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL - DA­MON WILKIN­SON

SIX peo­ple are count­ing the cost after be­ing con­victed of lit­ter­ing and fly-tipping in the bor­ough.

The four women and two men were or­dered to pay fines and costs to­talling £2,571 after their cases were heard at Manch­ester mag­is­trates’ court.

Five of the de­fen­dants were seen drop­ping lit­ter and were given fixed penalty no­tices by the coun­cil’s new town cen­tre en­force­ment war­dens.

But they failed to pay the £75 fines so were taken to court. They are:

Rochelle Rawl­ing­son, 27, of Great Howarth, Small­bridge, pleaded guilty at court to drop­ping lit­ter in Rochdale town cen­tre and was fined £45 with £50 costs and a £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

Karen Hard­man, 57, of Cromer Street, Falinge, did not at­tend court but was found guilty of drop­ping lit­ter in Rochdale town cen­tre. She was fined £220 with £280 costs and a £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

John Ahmad, 42, of Hope Court, Falinge, did not ap­pear at court but was found guilty of drop­ping lit­ter in Middleton town cen­tre. He was fined £220 with £280 costs and a £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

Gayle Be­nouire, 50, of Vic­to­ria Av­enue, Manch­ester, did not ap­pear at court but was found guilty of drop­ping lit­ter in Middleton town cen­tre. She was fined £220 with £280 costs and a £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

Andrew Jack­son Black­burn, 29, of Corona­tion Road, Rad­cliffe, Bury, did not ap­pear at court but was found guilty of drop­ping lit­ter in Rochdale town cen­tre. He was fined £220 with £280 costs and a £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

In a sep­a­rate case Stacey Carr, 30, of Wood­land Road, Col­wyn Bay, but for- merly of Middleton, pleaded guilty to an of­fence con­trary to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act (1990). Her waste was found fly-tipped in Higher Wood Street and Ta­bor Street, Middleton, in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

She ad­mit­ted em­ploy­ing an un­named in­di­vid­ual she found on Face­book to re­move her waste for £50.

She failed to make any en­quiries as to whether or not the in­di­vid­ual she em­ployed was a li­censed waste car­rier.

Carr was fined £110 and also or­dered to pay a £50 costs con­tri­bu­tion, £166 com­pen­sa­tion and a £30 vic­tim sur­charge.

Coun Neil Em­mott, the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for hous­ing and en­vi­ron­ment, said: “Peo­ple and busi­nesses have told us very clearly that they want clean streets and wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

“That is why we have re­sponded by in­tro­duc­ing new town cen­tre war­dens who are tak­ing ac­tion where they can.

“I hope that lit­ter louts are start­ing to re­alise that we take this se­ri­ously and thanks to our new war­dens we now have more re­sources to catch them.”

Coun­cil en­vi­ron­ment chief Neil Em­mott (in­set) said he hoped lit­ter louts re­alised ‘We take this se­ri­ously’

Uni­formed pub­lic ser­vices stu­dents from Hop­wood Hall Col­lege vis­ited Black­pool Lifeboat Sta­tion to speak to RNLI vol­un­teers

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