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Woman caught fly-tipping outside her own home pays £980 penalty

A Manchester resident has been ordered to pay almost £1,000 by magistrates, after being caught fly-tipping outside her own home.

Farhio Yusuf spent twenty minutes dumping black bags full of waste and loose items on a grassed area on Swinburn Street, Moston - unaware that the whole incident was being captured on camera.

Manchester City Council had installed CCTV at the location, in response to complaints from local residents about waste being repeatedly dumped illegally.

Yusuf was arrested and brought to Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court to answer a charge of fly-tipping, after repeatedly ignoring Manchester City Council officers' requests for an interview and failing to attend two court hearings.

On the morning of March 20 2018, the council’s camera recorded two people - one male and one female - exiting a domestic property on Swinburn Street. 
Over the following 20 minutes, the camera recorded the pair unloading a large amount of waste, consisting of black bags and other loose items, onto the grassed area to the rear of the property.  

The council arranged for the dumped rubbish to be cleared and during this operation, officers working for the council’s waste contractor Biffa searched the waste, finding further evidence to corroborate the CCTV footage.  The case was then referred to the council's Environmental Crimes Team for further investigation. 

Yusuf, 27, was invited to attend an interview under caution on two separate occasions, but failed to attend either appointment.

Officers established that Yusuf had vacated the property on Swinburn Street in May 2018 and moved to an address on Adamson Walk, Moss Side.  After a further letter was ignored, an investigating officer visited Yusuf's address in September 2018, to hand-deliver an invitation to attend an interview.  When handing the letter to Yusuf, the officer was immediately able to identify her as the woman featured in the CCTV footage. 

After Yusuf again ignored the request for an interview, the case was referred to the council’s legal service for prosecution.  

Yusuf failed to attend two court hearings at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court, so a warrant was issued to bring her to court to face the charge.  The warrant was executed and Yusuf was taken into custody. 

On 14 February 2019, Yusuf pleaded guilty to an offence of fly-tipping.  She was fined £400 and made to pay costs of £200, plus compensation towards the cost of clearing the waste of £380.  The total penalty amounted to £980.

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “We installed one of our CCTV cameras at this location after residents told us about repeated fly-tipping offences blighting their neighbourhood.  I’m pleased that we’ve been able to prosecute Yusuf as a result of this action and want to thank our Environmental Crimes team, for their persistence in ensuring that justice was served.

“Ignoring our communications only made matters worse for Yusuf.  The message is clear - if people fly-tip in Manchester, we will do everything in our power to track them down and punish them for the crime.”

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