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Serial offender hit with £1,850 penalty for dumping waste

A woman from Gorton has been ordered to pay £1,850, after being found guilty of six counts of illegally dumping waste outside her own home.

Following an investigation by Manchester City Council, Naomi Thompson was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £320 in costs, plus a £30 victim surcharge.

After a case of waste being dumped in an alleyway behind Rushton Grove was reported to the council for clearance and investigation in September 2018, officers from the council’s waste contractor, Biffa, searched the waste and found evidence to link the offence to Thompson.  A second case was reported in October 2018 and was again linked to Thompson through evidence discovered within the waste.

The council's Environmental Crimes team wrote to Thompson to explain that action would be taken, but received no response.

After string of further offences were uncovered by Biffa's investigations team in the same area - all of which were linked to Thompson - she was asked to attend an interview under caution on three separate occasions.  

Thompson ignored all correspondence from the council and continued her pattern of offending.  In total, waste was discovered and cleared on more than 15 occasions.   

In July 2019, Thompson was informed that she would be prosecuted for the offences.

Thompson, 26, of Rushton Grove, did not attend a hearing at Manchester Magistrates Court on 2 January 2020 and was convicted in her absence. 

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “I’d like to thank our Environmental Crimes team and our waste contractors Biffa for achieving the conviction of this persistent offender.  

“Thompson ignored all of our efforts to warn her that we were taking action and that she should stop dumping waste.  Her behaviour was totally unacceptable and, having brought this prosecution on behalf of residents who shouldn't have to put up with such mindless offending, we're very pleased that she will now have to pay a significant penalty.

"There is simply no excuse for littering or fly-tipping and we will not tolerate this criminal behaviour in our city.  I urge any residents who have information which could help us to investigate a waste crime in their area to contact us at www.manchester.gov.uk/flytipping."

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