An Epsom man was fined £400 last week for dumping rubbish, including mattresses, on public land near his home.

A member of the public alerted the council to the household waste near Hyperion Place, West Ewell.

Following an investigation by the environmental health team, a fixed penalty notice and associated community protection warning notice was issued to the fly-tipper.

Councillor Kington said “We will continue encouraging people to keep our borough clean and safe by acting responsibility.

"Where we can, we will be taking enforcement action. Hopefully, the possibility of being issued with a fixed penalty notice, will make people who deposit litter, dump rubbish and fail to clear up after their dogs think twice before they act.

"Enforcement is normally a last resort and is aimed at the minority who spoil our environment for the majority"

Fixed penalty notice fines can be issued to anyone caught committing offences which impact on community and the environment.

This includes, but is not limited to, littering, dog fouling and fly-tipping.

Once the notice is paid, this stops the penalty from progressing to a registered fine, or even a conviction.