A large number of tankers have descended on two Southern Water sites a few miles apart in the New Forest.

Tankers have been spotted at the wastewater pumping stations at Copythorne and Ashurst Bridge, plus the public car park at Rumbridge Street in Totton.

A statement on Southern Water's website says: "Large volumes of tankers may be noticed in the area whilst we carry out repairs to a sewer.

"We aim to get these repairs carried out as quickly as possible and apologise for any disruption caused."

Bartley resident John Goodwin said local communities were once again suffering "considerable nuisance and inconvenience".

It comes after tankers were used to take sewage away from the Ashurst Bridge site at the end of last year following a sewer burst.

Totton councillor David Harrison has been told the company was charged £1,000 a day for each of the vehicles.

Southern Water is understood to have used up to 40 tankers a day for at least five days, but has not confirmed the cost.

The company has been contacted for more information about the latest incident.