Criminal record for Winchester fly-tipper

Press Release: 09/01/2015

Caravan

Winchester City Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team successfully prosecuted a builder responsible for dumping five dilapidated caravans in the picturesque lanes of the South Downs National Park north of Bishop’s Waltham.

Working in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary’s Country Watch Team, and with the assistance of members of the local rural community, they identified the individual who had used the caravans as temporary accommodation for his workforce whilst renovating a country manor.

The London-based builder was found guilty on five charges of fly-tipping at Fareham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 7 January. The defendant was fined £200 per caravan and required to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £2,500 – a total of £3,520.

Cllr Mike Southgate, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Transport, said:

I am really pleased with the outcome as this sends out a warning to those who blight the landscape with fly-tipping. Offenders found guilty will be fined as well as ending up with a criminal record, so the risks are high.