Swindon residents have been fined for illegally dumping rubbish in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire Council has issued three £400 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) recently to householders in Wiltshire and Swindon for failing in their duty of care to ensure their waste was passed to a licenced waste carrier.

A Swindon resident was recently slapped with a £400 fixed penalty notice for dumping rubbish illegally in Lyneham.

According to the council, the householder could not give details of the waste carriers licence number of the person they said took their waste away.

The council fined another Swindon man £700 for fly-tipping in Broad Hinton.

The rubbish was traced back to a Swindon household who assisted in the investigation to trace the fly-tipper and received a reward from the council as part of the We’re Targeting Fly-tippers campaign. .

Cabinet member for highways, Mark McClelland said: “We strongly advise householders and businesses to note down the waste carrier licence number, registration number and description of any vehicles or people moving their waste.

“This not only helps us trace fly-tippers, it also protects householders from potential fines.

“We have had some recent success in terms of prosecutions and fixed penalty notices, but we will keep working hard to stop people spoiling our beautiful countryside.”