A MAN whose waste including dirty nappies, a suitcase and tinsel was found dumped has been fined hundreds of pounds.

Darren Bryant admitted to the offence on the first day of his trial at Winchester Crown Court on June 10.

He had previously pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on January 10.

The bags of rubbish, which also contained a pair of ladies shoes and other household waste, was discovered fly-tipped on a verge in Barley Road, Andover, by council officers at the end of May 2018.

Judge Jane Miller handed Bryant, of Skippetts Gardens, Basingstoke, a fine of £125 and court costs of £230 after failing to ensure that his waste was removed and disposed of correctly.

Test Valley Borough Council’s environmental portfolio holder, Councillor Alison Johnston, said: “This was clearly a thoughtless act, with no regard for the environment. Most of the waste found could have been taken to the Andover Household Waste Recycling Centre, just minutes away. We all have a responsibility to recycle and dispose of our waste correctly.

“The council is committed to stamping down on this selfish and irresponsible crime and we will investigate every report that we receive to help keep our residents and wildlife safe.”