COUNCIL bosses are urging members of the public to help in the fight against fly-tippers.

Dudley Council is asking people to name and shame offenders caught on its new high-tech CCTV cameras.

A “rogues’ gallery” of images have been shared on the council’s website under the You’ve Been Shamed initiative.

People who recognise those caught on camera can report offenders anonymously.

Councillor Shaz Saleem, Dudley Council’s cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “We are continuing to catch and prosecute people for fly-tipping using our new CCTV system.

“The cameras are so sophisticated they can capture detailed images from hundreds of metres away, which is really useful in this ongoing fight to tackle the problem.

“We really need help from people in the borough to name and shame these people on our You’ve Been Shamed web pages.

“There’s a rogues’ gallery of people who think it is ok to dump rubbish for other people to clean up.

“That is not acceptable and we must continue to do all we can to catch them.”

Dudley Council has issued five fines totalling more than £1,600 since September last year as part of its crackdown on fly-tipping.

People face fixed penalties of up to £400 or could potentially end up in court if they are caught dumping rubbish.

The council now plans to invest an extra £150,000 as part of its budget commitments for the next financial year.

The proposed spend includes £60,000 over three years to pay for 12 more deployable cameras, which would make a total of 24 available for use.

The remainder will be spent upgrading traffic cameras across the borough.

Councillor Laura Taylor-Childs, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said: “This extra investment in the CCTV network sends a clear message to people that we are always watching if you try and fly-tip in the borough.”