An unscrupulous flytipper caught red-handed dumping on her doorstep is the first person in Hounslow to be handed the higher £400 fine.

A mountain of rubbish including carpet, furniture and mattresses, was thrown out on Westmacott Drive in Feltham by resident Veronica Watson.

Residents described seeing her carrying goods from her house on Stone Crescent in Feltham, and dumping them on nearby Westmacott Drive, while others said they had seen goods thrown from her garden, over her fence and onto the pavement.

Thanks to residents who turned to Bedfont ward councillor Sam Christie, Hounslow council's enforcement officers were alerted to the matter and the culprit was caught.

Ms Watson is the first to be handed down the hefty fine thanks to new powers given to council's by the government at the end of May in a move to get people to clean up their act.

Officers investigating the eyesore together with Cllr Christie appealed on social media for people to come forward with information on who was responsible.

A number of anonymous replies directed officers to Ms Watson's home.

After getting numerous witness statements, enforcement officers attended Ms Watson's home with the police.

At first she denied she was responsible, but on showing her the evidence gathered Ms Watson admitted to being the mammoth flytipper.

She was then issued with a fixed penalty notice of £400.

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The size and scale of this fly tip is nothing short of jaw-dropping.

“It’s almost unbelievable that someone could dump this much stuff on the street and think they could get away with it.

“The sad part is that they did it where they live with no consideration for other people, let alone pride for the place they call home.

“This is the first £400 fine for fly tipping that we have issued since introducing the higher fixed penalty notices.

Councillor Sam Christie, Bedfont ward, added: “Everyone is responsible for keeping the borough clean and I am very thankful to those in the community who came together to provide evidence to ensure this person was fined.

"I hope this action will deter others from dumping their rubbish on our streets.”

You can report fly tipping for removal to Hounslow Highways at or call 020 8583 5555.