A delivery driver from Warminster has been issued with a £4560 fine, including costs, for fly-tipping on a public highway.

Luke Poulton, 30, of Yeates Field View, Warminster pleaded guilty at Salisbury Magistrates Court on Monday, October 9, 2023.

Mr Poulton had originally been paid £50 each by two Westbury residents to collect and dispose of rubbish lawfully.

But instead of disposing of the rubbish at a commercial tip, the waste was fly-tipped on land off of Short Street in Chapmanslade.

The fly-tipping move was not the financial payoff he thought it would be, as Mr Poulton has now been issued a separate fine of £135 to cover the clean-up costs, on top of the thousands of pounds fine he received for his crime.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The mess that was left in Wiltshire's countryside.The mess that was left in Wiltshire's countryside. (Image: Wiltshire Council)

Wiltshire Council have made it clear that it continues its zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping.

“Fly-tipping is not just unsightly but potentially damaging to the environment and wildlife, and is a criminal offence, one which we take very seriously here in Wiltshire,” said Councillor Caroline Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport and Street Scene.

“We have a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping and, as part of our Business Plan commitment, have invested significant funds into extra enforcement officers and technologies including covert cameras.

“As this prosecution shows, we will take action,” she warned.

If you see someone fly-tipping, you can report this online at My Wilts online reporting, or by calling 0300 456 0100.