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​Fly-tipper pays the price with £3,500 bill

Press release   •   Mar 12, 2020 16:43 GMT

A man has been ordered to pay £3,594 in fines and costs for fly-tipping at two locations on the same day in Bury.

Sandor Petrovics (aged 54) of Wainsford Walk, Oldham pleaded guilty to two charges of fly-tipping at Manchester Magistrates Court on Tuesday (10 March).

Petrovics posed on Facebook as a legitimate waste removal service known as ‘Kevin Roy Gardening Service’ and advertised on local sites. In March 2018, Petrovics collected waste from an address in Bury which was later found fly-tipped in Gigg Lane, Bury and in Wood Road Lane, Summerseat.

He was brought to justice following a long investigation by environmental health officers at Bury Council, working with colleagues in Greater Manchester Police, using evidence including CCTV footage, photographs and links to a mobile number used to organise the tipping.

Petrovics was fined £1,026 for the offences and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £68 and council costs of £2,500.

Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment at Bury Council, said: “Fly-tipping is disgraceful. It blights neighbourhoods and costs council tax payers’ money to clear it up, and we will take action against the perpetrators where we have evidence to do so. I urge anyone who is getting rid of rubbish to use a proper licensed waste disposal operator.”

ENDS

Press release issued: 12 March 2020.