WINCHESTER civic chiefs have issued their first flying tipping fixed penalty notice and warned offenders the crackdown will continue.

A man who dumped household waste in a bin belonging to a business in Whiteley paid the £400 fine last week after he was traced by the council’s environmental enforcement officers.

The offender had dumped the waste while using a company van which allowed the council to find him easily.

The company handed over his details after being told they could be liable for the fine because he had used their vehicle to get rid of the rubbish.

Cllr Lisa Griffiths, portfolio holder for health and well being, said: “The council will do everything in its power to find those who fly tip and make sure they pay this hefty fine.

“This sort of activity is anti-social and residents who are victims of it are rightly fed up and want us to take action like this.

“Make no mistake, this crackdown will continue and the stark message for those who fly tip is this: dispose of your rubbish properly or face losing £400.”