A FLY-tipper was handed a bill almost ten times the amount of his initial fixed penalty notice after he chucked away a three piece suite.

Connor Molyneux was caught after he dumped a two-seater sofa and two single-seat armchairs on communal land outside his home in Warwick Street, Prestwich.

The 23-year-old was given a warning by his landlord, Six Town Housing, who gave him the opportunity to arrange for the furniture to be removed. However he failed to do so.

Following an investigation by Bury Council environmental health offices, Molyneux agreed to pay a £75 fixed penalty notice. But he failed to foot the bill.

His actions saw him taken to Manchester Crown Court where he was fined £440 and ordered to pay £250 and a £44 victim surcharge in his absence on September 24.

Speaking after the hearing, councillor Jane Black, cabinet member for corporate affairs and HR, said: “Residents must dispose of their waste responsibly or face the consequences.

"This could have been avoided if the tenant had paid the council’s bulky waste removal service to take the rubbish away for a fraction of the cost.”