Richmond Council is getting tough on fly-tippers with a campaign that includes new CCTV cameras around the borough.

The Caught on Camera campaign is being launched at recycling sites across the borough to catch fly-tippers and deter people from doing it.

The Environment, Sustainability, Culture and Sports Committee approved the new cameras after trialling CCTV at several public recycling sites.

Councillor Julia Neden-Watts, chair of the committee, said: “Fly-tipping has a detrimental effect on the look and feel of our beautiful borough as well as taking up a significant amount of Council resources.

“This is a warning to fly-tippers; this Council does not tolerate fly-tipping.

“Our new campaign will help us to take action on fly-tippers and prosecute those that illegally dispose of their rubbish.

“Anyone caught fly-tipping will be fined.”

The locations of the cameras will be based on previous fly-tipping reports, complaints by people living in the area, and intelligence from Council officers and contractors.

The first nine sites to be targeted are:

• Ham Parade (Ham and Petersham)

• Holly Road Car Park (Twickenham)

• Cedar Road (Teddington)

• Twickenham Green, First Cross Road (Twickenham)

• Queen Elizabeth Walk (Barnes)

• Richmond Road (near Sainsburys)

• Kneller Road (Whitton and Heathfield)

• Popes Avenue (Twickenham)

• Cambrian Centre, Queens Road (Richmond)

The campaign will be monitored to ensure that fly-tipping is actually reduced and that it doesn’t increase anywhere else.

Anyone caught fly-tipping will be fined.

People in Richmond can report incidents of fly-tipping directly to the Council here.