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Shop owner fined for four fly-tipping incidents

A Manchester shop owner has been ordered to pay £4,000 after being held responsible for four incidents of fly-tipping and one of cardboard boxes being set alight.

Manchester Magistrates Court fined trader Ghulum Subhani £2,500 and ordered him to pay costs of £1,500 after CCTV footage captured waste from his Sportsworld store in Lockett Street, Cheetham Hill being dumped. He pleaded guilty to four offences of fly-tipping and one of disposing of controlled waste.

The refuse was being dumped by members of staff, including Subhani in the street opposite the shop and while he did not set fire to the boxes himself, he was still held responsible as he allowed them to be left knowing that someone had recently set fire to other waste in the area.

Manchester City Council executive member for direct services councillor Paul Murphy said: This latest prosecution offers further proof that we simply will not tolerate this sort of wilful environmental crime in Manchester.

We welcome the size of the fine which sends out a strong message that the court takes such offences as seriously as we do.

This latest case is the 44th successful fly-tipping prosecution brought by the city councils environmental crimes unit since last year.

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