Fly tipping of bathroom furniture makes east Hampshire road impassable

MESS This rubbish was dumped in a lane near Clanfield
MESS This rubbish was dumped in a lane near Clanfield
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A FLY-TIPPER dumped this huge pile of waste in a country lane and narrowly avoided causing an accident.

Police are hunting the culprit who left 25 bath tubs, doors, rubble and shower panels in Woodhouse Lane and New Barn Farm Lane at Idsworth, near Clanfield.

It made the unlit country lane impassable.

Police have launched an investigation and believe whoever it was would have needed a large van or lorry to transport that amount of waste.

Contract monitoring officer at East Hampshire District Council Jo Edwards said: ‘There were three piles in all – two bathroom fly-tips and one garden waste, which we don’t think is connected.

‘It took four officers and two vehicles to clear it.

‘At the moment the officers are going through it trying to find evidence of who did this.

‘It looks as though it all came from a nursing home or care home or perhaps student accommodation as there are so many baths and a lot of rubble.

‘Not only is there a cost to the taxpayer but this was left on an unlit road close to a bend in the middle of the night making it very dangerous too.’

It happened between late evening on Tuesday, June 19 and 1.30am on Wednesday, June 20.

Councillor Brian Ahearn, chairman of Clanfield Parish Council, said: ‘It’s awful.

‘Fly-tipping has become quite a problem and it’s disgraceful.

‘Landowners and even householders are having to clear up rubbish deposited on their land.’

PC Glynn Melhuish, from Waterlooville police, is in charge of the case.

He said: ‘We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a large vehicle containing or carrying a load including baths and bathroom furniture in the Idsworth or Blendworth areas overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

‘This vehicle may have looked suspicious or out of place.’

Anyone with information should contact PC Melhuish at Waterlooville police station on 101.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.