A BUILDER who flytipped five dilapidated caravans in the countryside has been fined thousands of pounds.
Trevor Davies appeared at Fareham Magistrates Court and was found guilty of five counts of flytipping.
The 65-year-old had dumped caravans in the picturesque lanes of the South Downs National Park north of Bishop’s Waltham.
He denied the offences which saw him dump items such as caravans, rubbish, bedding, gas cylinders and chairs in Riversdown Road, Warnford, on December 10, December 19 and again on January 6, at Sailors Lane, Corhampton, on December 19, and Lone Barn Lane, Corhampton on October 28.
Winchester City Council’s Neighbourhood Services Team successfully brought the prosecution in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary’s Country Watch Team.
The court heard that local residents helped the authorities to identify Davies as the person who had used the caravans as temporary accommodation for his workforce whilst renovating a country manor.
Davies, of Hemmingford Road, London, 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 at Winchester City Council, 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.’