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Manchester – A shopkeeper has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after under-age children were able to buy cigarettes from his shop.

Mohammed Iltsham, the owner of Royal Wines on Moston Lane, was found guilty of selling tobacco to an under-age person after he failed to turn up for a hearing at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday March 18.

He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £381 costs with a £60 victims of crime surcharge.

Manchester City Council’s trading standards officers organised a test purchase after hearing complaints about teenagers being sold cigarettes from the shop.

Two 15-year-old volunteers walked into the shop during the operation last August and asked for a packet of 10 Mayfair cigarettes, before a member of staff at the shop sold them the cigarettes without asking for their ages.Mohammed Iltsham later revealed he had not given any proper training to his staff in how to spot whether customers were under-age.

Cllr Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “There is no excuse for selling cigarettes to someone who is under-age.

“Age limits are there to protect young people from the dangers of smoking and if shop attendants are going to ignore these laws then they will be prosecuted.”

Manchester – A special litter busting team have handed out over 1,000 fixed penalty notices in just over three months.

The dedicated team work seven days a week looking out for selfish people who ignore bins and drop their litter on the ground.

Officers have the power to hand out on-the-spot fines to litter bugs- and anyone refusing to pay the £80 bill faces being taken to court.

7DL2_HThe team is part of a huge litter crackdown organised by Manchester City Council in response to concerns from residents about the problem.

The dedicated team of litter busters, who started working in the city centre in November 2014, are on the look out for people dropping cigarette butts, coffee cups, burger wrappers and other items.

The officers are part of a workforce already employed by NSL, the City Council’s parking contractors, and so the move has not created any additional cost to the City Council.

While most of the notices have been issued on Market Street, High Street and Piccadilly Gardens, the team are operating across the whole of the city centre.

Council officers from the Neighbourhood team will also continue to hand out fixed penalty notices, while around 25 PCSOs have also received additional training to look out for litter bugs.

IMG_5051-620x320The council has installed nearly 700 new litter bins, including 20 recycling bins, in the city centre as part of a major campaign urging residents and visitors to take responsibility and not drop litter.

Advertising slogans have been placed on paving slabs – thought to be a first for a British city – while grants have been provided to community groups who want to organise their own clean-up operations.

Cllr Bernard Priest, deputy leader of the council, said: “While litter bugs are in the minority, unfortunately there are still some selfish individuals whose behaviour is a blight on the city centre.The on-the-spot fines handed out make these litter louts take notice and realise that they will not be tolerated.

“The vast majority of local residents and visitors to Manchester don’t want to see our city being used as a rubbish dump. Working together with local residents, visitors and businesses- we can achieve a cleaner better city.”

A man spotted dropping a cigarette butt in the city centre has been ordered to pay a total of £420.

Manchester City Council officers can hand out on the spot £80 fines to anyone they spot dropping litter, but anyone who refuses to pay this can be taken to court.

Christopher Lear, aged 34 and of Carisbrook Street, Harpurhey, was fined £160 with £240 costs and a £20 victims of crime surcharge.

On Friday 18 July 2014 A Manchester City Council enforcement officer operating in Piccadilly Gardens witnessed Lear drop his cigarette butt to the ground and walk away.

imagesThe officer stopped Lear, produced their identification and explained that his action constituted the offence of littering.

Lear gave his details and accepted a fixed penalty notice, but the City Council took him to court after he didn’t pay the fine, despite being sent a reminder letter. Lear failed to turn up to the hearing and the case was proved in his absence.

In addition to the council officers a dedicated team of litter busters, who started working in the city centre in November 2014, have been handing out on the spot fines to people seen dropping cigarette butts, coffee cups, burger wrappers and other items.

City Council officers and civil enforcement officers will continue to hand out the notices, while around 25 PCSOs have also received additional training to look out for litter bugs.

The City Council has installed nearly 700 new litter bins and 20 recycling bins in the city centre as part of a major campaign urging residents and visitors to take responsibility and not drop litter.

Cllr Bernard Priest
Cllr Bernard Priest

Cllr Bernard Priest, Manchester City Council’s deputy leader, said: “This prosecution shows that we are extremely serious in tackling the issue of littering in Manchester. There is no excuse for this individual to drop his cigarette butt on the street when there are bins with an external ashtray nearby.

“City Council officers, working with our dedicated team of litter busters in the city centre, are constantly on the look-out for people dropping their waste in our streets. We will not hesitate to issue on the spot fines to people we see doing this.”

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