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Sentenced fly-tipper caught on CCTV

A man has been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £735 after being caught fly-tipping on CCTV.

Cornel Pascu, of Hazelbottom Road, Cheetham, pleaded guilty to three fly-tipping offences, after a Manchester City Council CCTV camera captured waste being dumped from his vehicle on three separate occasions in June 2016.

On all three occasions, at least six bags of household waste were removed from the boot and left on the ground in Crumpsall.

An investigating officer from the council’s environmental crimes team gathered evidence from the scene, including letters to Pascu’s home address. The officer then visited Pascu and saw the vehicle captured on the CCTV on the driveway.

Pascu admitted that his vehicle had been used to fly-tip domestic waste from his property but denied that he was driving it at the time of the incidents.

He was prosecuted under Section 33(5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which states that the owner of a vehicle involved in a fly-tipping incident can be held responsible, whether or not they have given any instructions for the rubbish to be dumped.

Pascu admitted all three fly-tipping offences and, in addition to a Community Punishment Order of 150 hours unpaid work, was ordered to pay court costs of £650, plus a victim surcharge of £85.

Executive member for neighbourhoods, Nigel Murphy, said: “Pascu treated the people of Brightside Road with contempt and I’m absolutely delighted that he has been caught and punished for these offences.

“We will continue to use mobile CCTV technology to monitor known fly-tipping hotspots around the clock. As this prosecution shows, criminals who think they can get away with abusing our neighbourhoods in this way need to think again.”

The camera was erected after complaints about fly-tipping and a petition signed by 40 local residents.

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