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Men sentenced after household waste including a fridge dumped near Romsey

Three men pleaded guilty after being caught dumping household waste on Lee Drove, near Romsey.

A covert trail camera caught David Hill, 69 of Southampton, Stuart Haines, 43 of Winchester, and Gordon Freeman, 38 of Winchester, removing rubbish, which included a fridge, from the back of a vehicle and throwing it into a hedge on 19 June 2022.

The vehicle was registered to Hill’s business, DH Autos.

Hill and Haines attended an interview under caution, where they admitted to dumping the waste.

The pair appeared at Southampton Magistrates Court on 6 October where they were each given a 12-month community order, a fine of £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £114 and costs of £303.

Freeman will be sentenced on 15 December 2023.

Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, Councillor David Drew, said:

“Illegally dumping waste in Test Valley will never be acceptable and I’m glad to see another result like this. Our teams work extremely hard to keep the borough clean and incidents like this cost money and use up valuable resources. We have a brilliant record of catching people fly-tipping and that will continue to be the case.”