THE first films of rubbish dumpers have been uploaded to a borough’s new digital fly-tipping 'Wall of Shame'.

Now Blackburn with Darwen Council wants residents to help identify the culprits.

It launched its latest drive to tackle fly-tipping today, with a video of a man dumping a sofa from a black van.

The incident in Stockclough Lane, Feniscowles, is just one of four on the new ‘Wall of Shame’ feature on its website.

Another shows the same individual returning to add a mattress to his sofa while another captures two men fly-tipping the contents of the back of a pickup truck at the same location.

The other video shows a man dumping black bags of waste on grass in Chester Street, Higher Audley.

Borough environment boss Cllr Jim Smith wants residents to visit the ‘Wall of Shame’ and help town hall staff identify the culprits.

He also wants them to submit their own videos, CCTV film and dashcam footage so fly-tippers can be identified, named and shamed.

The residents' contributions will back up the council’s 20 cameras located at fly-tipping hotspots.

Council staff will use the information from the public to identify, prosecute and ‘name and shame’ those responsible.

Cllr Smith hopes that the new initiative, using residents as its ‘eyes and ears’, will deter fly-tippers and prevent future incidents reducing the borough’s £250,000-a-year clean-up bill.

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He said: “The message is clear: you don’t want to get caught standing in our ‘Wall of Shame’ because you will be named and held responsible.

“Once an offender has been identified, the council’s waste crime enforcement team will do everything in their power to ensure they are caught and prosecuted.

“We’re clamping down. We really need residents help.

“No one wants a pile of rubbish dumped on their street.

“The Wall of Shame is a way everyone can help do their bit. If you see someone you know doing something they shouldn’t, you can tell us anonymously.

“We’re aware this is quite a confronting approach, but this action is a last resort.

“Fly-tipping has a direct impact on resources whilst causing misery for residents in the neighbourhoods where it is prevalent.”

The clean-up drive has been backed by Conservative group environment spokeswoman Cllr Jean Rigby, who said: “It is a great idea.”

Darwen East Liberal Democrat Cllr Paul Browne said: “This is a good idea. There are some dirty people in this borough.”