All owners of cars who are seen littering in Blackburn with Darwen will now receive a penalty notice following a 'successful' pilot which saw 47 tickets issued.

The pilot started in June of last year, and saw Blackburn with Darwen council officers and CCTV monitoring cars who littered as part of a new crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

The penalty notice is issued directly to the registered owner of the vehicle, and costs £75.

The most common types of litter from the pilot were cigarette ends, as well as more substantial litter such as takeaway packaging.

Councillor Jim Smith, executive member for environment, said: "We will not tolerate litter louts in our borough and are sending a clear message that we have and will continue to act against those who do.

"We have an army of volunteers who work tirelessly to keep our streets free from litter and I thank them for their work.

"We will ensure that we continue to utilise every option possible to keep the borough clean."

If the recipient of a penalty notice wishes to appeal it, they can make representations to the council.

If they are still unhappy with the outcome, they can appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.

You can also play your part in keeping the streets of Blackburn with Darwen clean by reporting any evidence of littering or fly-tipping.