A COUNCIL boss has called for more cameras to help stop fly-tipping problems in the area.

Cllr Mohammed Khan, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said it is ‘disappointing’ to see the number of incidents of rubbish being dumped.

The Lancashire Telegraph has reported fly-tipping has cost taxpayers more than £1million across East Lancashire over the past year after almost 20,000 incidents were recorded, according to new figures.

Blackburn with Darwen Council saw the second highest number of incidents in East Lancashire with a total of 3,883, compared to 3,817 last year.

A total of £296,651 was spent by the local authority to clean up the waste according to the figures from DEFRA.

Cllr Khan said: “We try to get the message to people that they should take pride in their area.

“People do not need to do this, they need to take responsibility for their rubbish.

“I think it is very disappointing to see.

“It is costing the council money which could be used to help improve the quality of life for people in the area.

“But some people just don’t care. More cameras could help catch people in the act and help prosecute the people responsible.”