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Fines for fly-tipping in national park

Two businessmen have been fined for dumping commercial waste in the South Downs National Park.

The prosecution followed a tip-off from a member of the public who found the waste and reported it to Winchester City Council.

Two separate fly-tips were found on a bridleway near Cott Street, a previous target for fly-tippers. Follow-up investigations identified the individuals concerned and prosecutions followed.

Andrew Greek of Greek Construction, Wickham, admitted three breaches of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 relating to the dumping of builders’ waste. He received a fine and costs totalling £3,922 at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

Philip Stead of All Seasons Southern, Southampton, pleaded guilty to dumping a uPVC door and frame. He received a fine and costs totalling £1,700.

Frank Pearson, the council’s portfolio holder for environment, said: “Wherever possible the enforcement officer will work with other services across the council to take robust action against those identified as the perpetrators.

“This can sometimes include working with neighbouring local authorities to bring the perpetrator to the courts as the council believes that authority boundaries should be invisible for this type of offence.”

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