A man has been ordered to pay £1,900 for fly-tipping an armchair next to a general waste bin.

Jason Pyke, 55, from Wales Street, was convicted at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on November 21.

Winchester City Council has prosecuted Mr Pike for illegally fly-tipping an armchair from his truck in Garbett Road, Winchester, in July 2022. 

The prosecution of Pyke followed an investigation by Winchester City Council, using an eyewitness account of the incident to bring about the conviction.

Mr Pyke was sentenced to a fine of £1,000 and ordered to pay £500 towards prosecution costs and £400 in victim surcharge, making a total of £1,900. He also received a criminal record.

Winchester City Council Cabinet Member for the Climate Emergency Cllr Kelsie Learney said: “Fly-tipping harms the environment, hurts our wildlife and encourages vermin.

“This prosecution underlines our zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping and sends a strong message that we will take action.

“I’d especially like to thank the eyewitness for their help – this sort of information is invaluable in helping us combat crimes like this.”

Hampshire County Council have also chimed in on this conviction stating that local authorities across the county will take fly tipping offences very seriously.

A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said: “Local Authorities across Hampshire are reminding anyone who witnesses fly-tipping, or has video evidence of someone committing these crimes, to report them so they can take action under their zero tolerance approach.”

The both Hampshire and Winchester Council is appealing to anyone who witnesses fly-tipping, or who may have video evidence of someone fly-tipping, to report it online or contact the council’s Customer Services Teams.