Two vehicles which were involved in a spate of fly-tipping incidents in south Manchester have been seized by Manchester City Council and will be crushed.
The council’s Environmental Crimes team used CCTV evidence to identify the vehicles, which had been used by fly-tippers who blighted Whitby Avenue, Withington in a total of eight incidents during February 2019.
Cameras caught all of the incidents, in which large amounts of rubble and miscellaneous waste were dumped by individuals using a white Fiat Scudo and a white Ford Transit - which investigating officers then learned was an illegal clone of another vehicle.
Council officers spotted the two vans parked together in the Longsight area on Tuesday 5 March and used powers granted by the Environmental Protection Act to seize them.
The registered keepers of the two vehicles were contacted, to give them an opportunity to answer questions about the fly-tipping incidents. While it was established that the last registered keeper of the Fiat Scudo had disposed of the vehicle before the fly-tipping spate took place, the owner of Ford Transit was able to demonstrate that he still had his van parked on his drive - meaning that the vehicle seized by the council was a cloned version of it, which had been fitted with fake number plates.
Works have also been undertaken this month on Whitby Avenue and at other fly-tipping hotspots in the Withington and Fallowfield Brow areas, to help prevent and deter incidents of vehicular fly-tipping. The works, coordinated by the council, have involved the affixing of bollards to prevent vehicular access to areas prone to fly-tipping.
Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “I’d like to thank our officers for their determined action, which will make a big difference for residents in Withington who were sick and tired of seeing their neighbourhood treated with contempt by selfish criminals.
“Although the fly-tippers have avoided a date in court for now, we have put a stop to their crime wave by taking away their vehicles and installing new bollards at locations they chose to blight.
“Using all the techniques available to us, we are determined to make Manchester a place where fly-tippers are deterred, but also caught and punished if they do not respect the law.”