Manchester City Council

CCTV camera snares sofa fly-tipper

A fly-tipper from Moston has been prosecuted after being caught in the act on CCTV.

Despite operating under the cover of darkness, Mory Fofana’s offence was picked up by a mobile camera installed by Manchester City Council to detect fly-tippers.

The camera captured a man exiting the back of a property on Swinburn Street, Moston and dumping two sofas on public land at the rear of the property.

The site was cleared and the CCTV evidence referred to the council’s Environmental Crimes Team for investigation.

The council’s dedicated Environmental Crimes teams work alongside the council’s Neighbourhood Compliance teams, to gather evidence needed to identify and prosecute offenders.

The team identified Mr Mory Fofana, 54, of Swinburn Street, Moston as the culprit, who admitted to dumping the waste when subsequently interviewed under caution.

On 24 July 2018, Mr Fofana pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping offence. He was fined £430 and made to pay costs of £801 and a victim surcharge of £43 - a total penalty of £1,274.

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “Mr Fofana thought he would get away with his crime under cover of darkness and on his own doorstep but hadn’t reckoned on our specially-installed camera capturing his nefarious actions.

“It causes real and justifiable anger in our communities when waste is illegally dumped and our Environmental Crimes team will continue to track down and bring selfish fly-tippers to justice.”

Manchester residents wishing to report a fly-tipping incident, or who have information which could help to catch a fly-tipper, should visit www.manchester.gov.uk/flytipping

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