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Station Road, Lee, fly tip

Dumped wooden crate near Romsey leads to man being ordered to pay nearly £2k

A man has been ordered to pay nearly £2,000 after he dumped a large wooden crate with waste inside in Lee, near Romsey, in spring last year.

On 18 May 2022, Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) received a report from a resident who had witnessed a fly-tip on Station Road.

Following a DVLA search using the registration number of the vehicle spotted at the scene, TVBC officers invited Shawn Johnson, 28, of Bexhill-On-Sea, to attend an interview under caution.

Johnson admitted depositing the waste, which he had collected from a private job.

He told officers he had been asked to return to the work yard to change vans and panicked as he had previously been told he couldn’t use it for private jobs.

Appearing at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on 23 January 2023, Johnson pleaded guilty and was given a £1,292 fine and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £129 and costs of £562.10.

Portfolio holder for environmental services, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said:

“We continue to crack down on fly-tipping across Test Valley and this is, once again, another very positive result. We have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to fly-tipping here, if you want to tarnish our beautiful borough then you will face the consequences.

“The number of prosecutions we have had recently should act as a warning to people that any offenders will be caught.”