NOT a single person has been issued with an ‘on-the-spot’ fine for fly-tipping in Winchester during the first year of the new penalty coming into effect, new figures have revealed.

The powers, which were introduced in May 2016, allow councils around the country to issue fixed penalty notices worth between £150 and £400.

Figures have shown that Winchester City Council didn’t issue a single penalty in the year to May 8, along with nearby local authorities Test Valley Borough Council, Southampton City Council and Fareham Borough Council.

A number of other councils around the country also didn’t hand out any of the new penalties.

New Forest District Council issued one worth £300, while figures for Eastleigh Borough Council were not available.

Brighton and Hove Council issued the largest amount with 276 given out, pulling in more than £16,000.

However, as previously reported, Winchester City Council said it had a 100 per cent conviction rate for fly-tipping cases taken to court, with judges ordering £26,606 to be paid back in fines and costs, as well as imposing a 12-month custodial sentence in one case.

Winchester City Council has been approached for comment.