A CIVIC leader has hailed a fly-tip "disgusting"after rubbish was dumped in Romsey.

"Pathetic" fly-tippers dumped the waste on Lee Drove, Romsey which included chairs, paint and building waste.

An environmental Test Valley Borough Council leader has called the act lazy and selfish.

Environmental portfolio holder, councillor Alison Johnston, said: “Fly-tipping is a lazy, selfish crime that impacts everyone in the community and takes the council time and resource to have to clear up.

"We will thoroughly investigate every incident that is reported to us and if we find sufficient evidence, we will seek to prosecute you.

"This incident on Lee Drove is no different. The choice is an easy one and we would encourage everyone to talk to us if they aren’t sure how to dispose of their waste.

“If you are using a waste carrier, remember to check their licence and credentials on the Environment Agency website.

"It could save you a day in court. If anyone has any information on this particular case, you can speak to our environmental service via 01794 527700 or 01264 368000 in complete confidence.”

Deputy leader of TVBC, Councillor Nick Adams-King said: "Another disgusting fly tip, this time in Lee Drove.

"Did you witness anything or do you recognise the rubbish. It looks as though it may come from a commercial premises, the table and chairs are distinctive.

"We will be examining the rubbish forensically to identify the source or who dumped it.

"Regardless of the current emergency if we find evidence, the selfish, pathetic individuals who did this can expect a knock on their door."

The act took place on Wednesday, April 1 and the rubbish has since been cleared by Test Valley Borough Council.