PEOPLE could face fines for feeding pigeons in Dudley town centre.

Council bosses are urging people to stop giving scraps to the birds, which they say are damaging historical landmarks and buildings.

Councillor Ian Kettle, Dudley's cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said: “We are installing two signs in Dudley’s market place as we are worried about damage to our historic landmarks, heritage buildings, nuisance to shoppers and businesses, together with the risk to public health – all caused by pigeons in the area.

“We understand people like to feed wild birds, but they probably don’t understand the problems we, as an authority, are faced with.

"All we are asking visitors to Dudley town centre, together with other key areas, to do is not to feed the pigeons.”

The council has said that people caught dropping food to feed the pigeons could be liable to pay a fine for littering.