New Forest District Council has fined a fly-tipper after investigating illegally dumped waste.

The rubbish was left in a hedgerow near Ringwood in November and, unbeknownst to the perpetrator, the incident was caught on CCTV.

The council’s enforcement team was able to trace the number plate of the vehicle through the DVLA and identify the culprit.

The individual was interviewed and admitted the offence. The council issued him with a fixed penalty notice and fine of £80.

Cllr Alison Hoare, New Forest District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment and regulation, said: “There is no excuse for fly-tipping. Dumping waste illegally puts local people, wildlife and the environment at risk and costs a great deal to clear up. I would urge all householders to dispose of their waste properly at one of Hampshire County Council’s household waste and recycling centres. NFDC also offers a bulky waste collection service for items like white goods and unwanted furniture for a small charge.”

More information about the bulky waste collection service can be found at newforest.gov.uk/recyclingandrubbish

More information about household waste and recycling centres can be found at hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling