Philip Banning Andover
@ The Independent

A local woman from Hampshire was confronted by investigators who came to her door claiming she had tossed a plastic bag containing some flowers and an old diary at the side of a road.

Lauren Pinhorne, 37, had insisted of her innocence, but Test Valley Borough Council had refused to listen and instigated an 11-month legal process.

The two-day trial, which took place at Winchester Crown Court, Hampshire, took only 20 minutes to see through the council’s case.

Mrs Pinhorne, of Picket Piece, was cleared of flytipping at the Winchester Crown Court this week following her six-month legal battle was Test Valley Borough Council.

Lauren Pinhorne, who was granted legal aid for the case, said the council had spent “at least £8,000 taking her to court.

She added that she hoped they learned a lesson and stop wasting taxpayer’s money.

The council claimed they had carried out a “thorough” investigation adding it’s “important” to prosecute people they believe have been fly-tipping.



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