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Community service for man who fly-tipped outside National Grid

A man has been made to pay almost £1,000 and ordered to carry out 120 hours’ community service after fly-tipping waste at the entrance to the National Grid site in Lockerley.

Anthony Lange, of Butlers Close, Lockerley, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and failing to attend an interview after an investigation by Test Valley Borough Council.

Last July, Mr Lange dumped the waste at the site entrance during the day, with workers at the National Grid then discovering the fly-tip when they went to leave at the end of their working day.

After starting an investigation, TVBC officers sent a letter to Mr Lange’s address to attend an interview, which he failed to do. He appeared at Southampton Magistrates Court on Tuesday to be sentenced after admitting the offences.

In his defence, Mr Lange added that he had tried to go to the tip, but the queue was very long, and so stopped and dumped it, instead.

He was ordered to pay £900 in costs, a £95 victim surcharge and 120 hours’ unpaid work.

Portfolio holder, councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “This was a fly-tip that disrupted workers at the National Grid while massively inconveniencing residents, too.

“The waste consisted of a number of wooden chairs, other wood, rusted metal and rubble – it’s just staggering how people think they can get away with it. In July last year the booking system for the tip was in existence, which had eliminated queues.  In any event, having the queue too long for the waste and recycling centres is no excuse whatsoever. I’m pleased the person responsible will now have to foot the cost.”