TEST Valley residents have slammed "disgusting" offenders after a pile of rubbish was discovered near Romsey.

A mattress, plastic bags and household items were found in Newtown Road, Awbridge.

Now, one community leader is calling on residents to help identify the fly-tippers in a bid to bring them to justice.

Cllr Nick Adams-King, who represents Blackwater on Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC), said another "revolting fly-tip" was found in Newtown Road, Awbridge.

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"It was reported to us at 8.47am, Test Valley Borough Council went through the rubbish and did find evidence of where it came from."

He added it may be worth contacting TVBC if residents noticed "anyone having a clear-out, including a new mattress".

"If you can help us identify the disgusting anti-social individuals who did this then please call 01264 368000 in complete confidence," Cllr Adams-King said.

Romsey Advertiser: Cllr Nick Adams-KingCllr Nick Adams-King

However, he stressed TVBC managed to clear the rubbish by 3pm that day.

One person said in response to the fly-tip: "This seems to be happening all the time locally.

"It is almost certainly done with a tipper truck by the look of it and people operating these vehicles need to be looked at very carefully."

One Romsey woman said the waste was "appalling", while another woman said the illegally dumped rubbish was "shameful".

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The fly-tip was found on August 21.

As reported, fly-tipping incidents across Test Valley shot up by almost 50 per cent amid coronavirus lockdown, a Freedom of Information request revealed.

Figures obtained by the Romsey Advertiser show from March 23 to June 12 there have been 491 fly-tipping incidents in the borough - a 48.3 per cent increase from the same period last year.

From March 23 to June 12 2019, the number of fly-tipping incidents came to 331 according to TVBC.