‘Thoughtless’ fly tippers who dumped rubbish including a mattress, bagged waste and sofas have been caught and fined by City of Wolverhampton Council.

Seven Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were paid in January as officers continue to crackdown on offenders.

Many of the fly tippers were caught on council security cameras, with one identified by an address found on some packaging in dumped waste and another captured on CCTV supplied by a member of the public.

The waste was dumped throughout the city, with incidents in Wednesfield, Bilston, Whitmore Reans, Blakenhall and Penn Fields.

FPNs are set at £400 and the money raised by payment of the fines is reinvested in the council’s environmental service to help bring people to justice who fail to dispose of their waste correctly.

Under the council’s ongoing Shop a Tipper campaign, anyone suspected of dumping rubbish will see their images shared on lampposts to appeal for information to help identify them.

If the information provided leads to successful identification, and FPNs are issued and paid or a prosecution takes place, residents receive a £100 Enjoy Wolverhampton Gift Card. Residents can contact 01902 552700 with information.

Councillor Craig Collingswood, cabinet member for environment and climate change at City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “This is an excellent result in our ongoing battle against fly tipping.

“It is a disgusting crime and one that is a priority for the council to tackle. Through a combination of security cameras and support from residents a good number of FPNs have been paid already this year.

“We are sending a strong message to thoughtless fly tippers that we will take action to stop this criminal behaviour and keep Wolverhampton – and its local neighbourhoods and streets - clean and attractive.”

Residents are reminded that waste can be disposed of free of charge at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres (tips) which are open 7 days a week from 8am to 4pm. Centres are at Anchor Lane, Lanesfield, Bilston and Shaw Road, Wolverhampton.

A bulky item collection service to dispose of big unwanted items is also available, find out more at Bulky item collection.