A Salford man has been ordered to pay £1,253 by a magistrate for fly tipping rubbish in Harpurhey last year from a vehicle he had hired.
Mr. Kyriakides surrendered to a warrant after failing to attend an initial hearing at the Magistrates’ court on 2 July 2021 and then pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping offence (under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990) at a subsequent hearing on 17 August. He was fined £346 and made to pay costs of £872 and a £35 victim surcharge – a total of £1,253.
On 29 April 2020, two separate residents reported witnessing a fly-tipping incident on Dalton Street in Harpurhey. The residents saw a white, Mercedez Luton-style van parked on the cobbled footpath at the entrance to the railway embankment off Dalton Street. The rear doors of the van were open, and the occupants were in the process of unloading and dumping quantities of what appeared to be rubble, wood, and general waste from the rear of the vehicle on to the cobbled path. The residents managed to film the incident on their mobile phones and reported it to Manchester City Council's Neighbourhood Compliance team for investigation.
An officer of the Council’s Environmental Crimes Team established that the van was a hire vehicle and contacted the owners, who confirmed that the vehicle was on hire to Mr Anastasios Kyriakides of Vancouver Quay, Salford at the time of the incident. When questioned under caution, Mr. Kyriakides, 31, admitted to dumping the waste, claiming that the tip was closed due to coronavirus restrictions and that he had to dump the waste to clear the van before returning it to the hire company.
Councillor Luthfur Rahman, OBE, deputy leader of Manchester City Council said: "Thanks to the quick thinking of these right-minded residents, getting footage of the flytipping as it occurred, it meant that we had a foolproof case against the fly-tippers and for that we are truly grateful. No-one wants to see litter or waste on our streets but the downright cheek of using a hired van to dump rubbish in our city is just wrong. And our officers have shown their determination to investigate and catch selfish people like this who think it's okay to fly tip in our city, we won't accept this from anyone and will take every step necessary to bring these people to justice."