A MAN has been ordered to pay more than £1,400 after failing to comply with a fly-tipping investigation after items were found dumped in Overton in July 2022.

Douglas McAllister, of Mallard way, Aldermaston, was found guilty in his absence after failing to attend Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, January 9.

The prosecution, which was brought by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, came after McAllister did not attend interviews regarding waste which was found dumped in Frost Lane, in Overton.

Paperwork containing some of McAllister’s personal information was found among the rubbish, which included vehicle seats, a large fridge-freezer, guttering and piping, an exhaust, chipboard, black bags and some carrier bags of rubbish.

Although the 36-year-old initially responded to communications from the council, McAllister did not attend an interview under caution about the fly-tip on three occasions.

The court was satisfied that he had failed to comply with the investigation and convicted him in his absence of this offence.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £200, compensation and clear up costs of £1,185.40 and a victim surcharge of £80.

The council’s cabinet member for residents’ services and housing, Cllr Laura James said: “We take fly-tipping extremely seriously and we know that our residents want to see clean and tidy streets.

“That is why we investigate fly-tipping and take cases to court, where possible, even if the people involved don’t attend interviews. This case demonstrates that not complying with an investigation doesn’t mean that you won’t end up in court.”