AN AMESBURY man has been fined £796 for flytipping.

Octavian Pana, 22 of Beyer Road, Amesbury, pleaded guilty to dumping five bags of household waste on Stockport Road, when appearing at Salisbury Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Pana also admitted the offences to Wiltshire Council environmental enforcement officers during a council interview under caution, and will now have to pay the sum in fines and costs.

Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways, transport and waste, described the incident as a "disgusting blight" on the environment, adding: "This flytipping prosecution highlights that we take all reports seriously and will fully investigate them however small. Flytipping will not be tolerated in Wiltshire.

"[Flytipping is] a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and it is a drain on council resources at a time when resources are limited.

"The household recycling centre was less than five minutes away from where the waste was dumped and was open at the time of the offence."

Wiltshire Council has recently introduced a £200 fixed penalty notice for residents who give their waste to unlicensed waste collectors, and two of these have been issued in the past three weeks.

To report flytipping and unauthorised waste carriers visit Wiltshire Council’s online reporting tool My Wiltshire.