A MAN has been placed under curfew after admitting dumping building waste close to known natural beauty spot.

South Oxfordshire District Council has prosecuted Michael Joseph Andrews, 35, of The Slade, Headington for fly-tipping.

On February 13, a member of the public saw a vehicle belonging to Mr Andrews' former employer being used to dump building waste at an entrance to a field in Little Wittenham, near Wittenham Clumps.

The district council investigated and Mr Andrews admitted to being paid by an unknown builder to remove waste and to dump it, without the permission of his employer at the time.

He plead guilty to fly tipping and not having a waste carriers licence at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on November 6.

At court he was given a community sentence of a three month curfew from 7pm to 7am for the fly tipping offence and was fined £100 for not having a waste carrier licence. He was also ordered to make a contribution to the council’s costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £85.

Cllr Caroline Newton, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “Dumping waste in this way is illegal. It is unsightly, it can cause a health risk and someone else has to pick up the cost of clearing up the mess. I hope this sends a message that the council will investigate these offences and bring offenders to justice.”