A Hook resident is the second person in Wiltshire to benefit from a financial reward as a result of Wiltshire Council's ‘We’re Targeting Fly Tippers’ campaign.

The resident witnessed the offence taking place outside their home address in Hook, Royal Wootton Bassett, in April this year.

A man from Swindon who was issued with the £400 fixed penalty notice was caught fly-tipping black bags of waste onto a grass verge after finding that the recycling centre was closed.

The quick-thinking vigilant resident took photographic evidence of the car as it was driving away after the driver discarded a car boot load of black bags and a paint pot.

Wiltshire Council was first notified of the incident by Wiltshire Police’s early resolution unit, who provided the council with vital early investigation assistance which then led the officers to contact the offender and issue a fixed penalty notice.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for transport, highways and waste, said: “I would like to thank Wiltshire Police for their assistance with this investigation and to the vigilant member of the public who reported this fly tipping offence.

"We continue to take a zero-tolerance stance to fly tipping and will take enforcement action where possible against offenders.

“Fixed penalty notices are a significant tool in combating this illegal activity and with the introduction of the ‘We’re Targeting Fly-tippers’ campaign, and the successful reward which this witness has received, we hope this will encourage more members of the public to report fly-tipping incidents to us.”

Residents can report fly-tipping at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting or by calling 0300 456 0100.