A MAN was handed a fine after leaving bags of rubbish at the back of a house.

Daniel McCorriston, of Cameron Street, Leigh left household waste at the back of Gordon Street on January 4.

At Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court, the 37-year-old was fined £180, ordered to pay a £30 victim services surcharge fee and court costs of £255.

Cabinet member for environment at Wigan Council, Cllr Carl Sweeney, said: “We are determined to do everything we can to catch and prosecute those people who think it is acceptable to fly-tip their waste.

“The prosecution should be a warning to anyone who is tempted to flout the law and dispose of their rubbish irresponsibly.

“As part of The Deal (the council's community scheme) we encourage residents to recycle their waste correctly so that the council can keep council tax low."

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Mr Sweeney added the local authority is cracking down on fly-tipping and is asking residents to report anything suspicious to the council.

He is also asking people to inform the council if they are approached by anyone "offering disposal services on the cheap".