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Action taken against fly-tipping

Winchester City Council has successfully brought forward another conviction for a fly-tipping incident in the district.

At the start of the trial at Portsmouth Magistrates Court, James Michael Ball from Eastleigh, pleaded guilty to a fly-tipping offence in a field off Botley Road in Curdridge.

The waste which was fly-tipped included a large builder’s bag, vehicle tyres, green waste, a bread bin, paint pots, cardboard, paperback books, a laptop, iPad, clothes and correspondence. 

Enforcement teams from Winchester City Council traced the waste to a Horton Heath address and the householder assisted in the investigation by providing details of who the waste had been transferred to.

Pleading guilty to the charge of a fly-tipping offence taking place by another in one of his business registered vehicles, the Magistrates ordered Mr Ball to pay £325 towards prosecution costs, £250 in compensation to the landowner for removal costs incurred and £22 in victim surcharge, totalling £597. 

Cllr Kelsie Learney, Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency says:

“This sends a strong message that fly-tipping will not be tolerated in our district – our teams worked hard to ensure that robust evidence was collected to ensure that a conviction could be brought forward, we won’t hesitate to do similar for other illegal fly tippers.”

The council is encouraging residents to report any person seen illegally fly-tipping via the website or by calling the customer service team on 0300 300 0013. It is also urging residents to ensure that they use registered waste carriers when disposing of waste – credentials can be checked on the Environment Agency’s website.

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