Landowners have been reminded about the danger of keeping their property in a state of disrepair.
This week, Warrington property developer Newbury Homes was fined £32,900 at Wigan Magistrates Court for failing to clean up the site of a former bakery it owns, close to Wigan town centre.
The firm was first told to clean up its rubbish-strewn site, at the partly-demolished Twiss Bakery buildings, in June 2009. But despite previous convictions, the firm has "persistently failed" to take any action.
Surrounded by heaps of rubble and damaged security fencing
, the site has been used for drug-taking and there have been instances of arson.
Wigan Council's Environment Champion, councillor David Molyneux, said: "I've said before that the state of the old bakery is a disgrace and blights a major route into our town.
"I pledged after the last court hearing that we would pursue this company until the site is cleared. The court's substantial fine of over £33,000 sends the strongest signal possible that we expect action."
Last month, steel gates
were installed at alleyways in Ellesmere Port to crack down on anti-social behaviour.