Fly-tipper told to pay £2,000 for dumping rubble in country lane

Some of the rubbish dumped near Southwick by roofer Lewis Field of Paulsgrove
Some of the rubbish dumped near Southwick by roofer Lewis Field of Paulsgrove
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A builder spotted fly-tipping rubble in a country lane has been made to pay nearly £2,000.

Lewis Field appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court charged with two counts of fly-tipping on May 29.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to both offences, which took place on Pitymoor Lane and Sheepwash Lane, both in Southwick.

He was taken to court by Winchester City Council which was tipped off by a member of the public who saw roofer Field dumping bags of builders’ rubble in the country lane from his flat-bed van.

A joint investigation between the council and Hampshire Constabulary traced Field to his home address in Portsmouth.

Field, of Hillsley Road, Paulsgrove, was fined £800 by magistrates and made to pay £80 victim surcharge, £500 court costs and £519.90 other costs – the council’s cost to remove the waste – totalling £1,899.90.

A council spokesman said Southwick suffers regularly from fly-tipping and is one of the areas included in the authority’s Operation Clean Sweep that targets offenders and hotspots.

Speaking after the case, Cllr Jan Warwick, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods and environment, said: ‘I’m delighted and hope this demonstrates that the council will not tolerate this activity which not only wrecks the environment, but also costs the authority and taxpayers money removing the waste.

‘I’d particularly like to thank our staff, Southwick Estate and Hampshire police for their help in bringing this culprit to justice.

‘Any other individuals contemplating such tipping in the future should be aware that we are closely monitoring our district and will have no hesitation in pursuing further prosecutions.

‘We already have several other cases pending for which we fully expect a similar result.’

Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping in the Southwick area can call 01962 840222.