Councils fed up with fly-tipping are fighting back by sharing photos of their “most wanted” offenders.

With incidents soaring by more than 50% in six years, a growing number of authorities have decided to publicly identify those responsible for littering the streets.

Using CCTV cameras, footage of the litter-bugs is then captured and uploaded to council run “walls of shame” or YouTube.

Members of the public are then encouraged to view the footage and identify the fly-tippers to hit them with fines.

The London borough of Barking and Dagenham is one of the councils leading the fight back with a “wall of shame”, which has seen the amount of rubbish fly-tipped in the area fall by 25% since it was introduced last year.

Videos uploaded on its website were viewed hundreds of thousands of times with 37 fly-tippers identified and fined.

The worst offenders will be shamed on the internet

Printed leaflets with photos of offenders are also being distributed to households in the vicinity of the offence.

Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “What we are trying to do is say, ‘Look, if you are selfish and inconsiderate, expect us to penalise and embarrass you because this is not acceptable.’

“If you do this we will ask the rest of the community to tell us who you are and we will then find you.”

Other London boroughs to successfully set up their own walls of shame include Redbridge and Haringey, while in Luton and Hull they are using CCTV to film and catch those fly-tipping.

In Wigan lightweight cameras with infra-red and night-vision technology which run off phone SIM cards are fixed to lampposts and trees in hot spots.

Fly-tipping there has fallen by a third since 2013, bucking the national trend.

The problem has grown considerably in recent years

“Before we introduced this there was a lot of umming and ahhing about whether or not we could do this legally,” Mr Rodwell added.

“But if you don’t do anything wrong, you’ve got nothing to worry about because you don’t get blamed. My view was if they are happy enough to dump on our streets we are happy enough to tell people about it.

“It’s about upholding old fashioned values, like when you used to make sure your front step was clean and your garden tidy.

“Those values of saying ‘actually I want to keep this place nice’.

“Not only are people coming forward with names but they are telling us about other people who have been fly-tipping.”

Fly-tipper can expect a significan fine if caught

And the wall of shame tip-offs have seen relatives turn on each other. One woman was hit with a £400 fine for dumping black sacks of rubbish. She was identified by her daughter, who was unhappy that her mother had previously grounded her.

Another was a husband who informed the council about his wife dumping a mattress.

“I can’t say why he shopped his wife, but I imagine it was an interesting conversation,” said Mr Rodwell.

The council is now seeking government funds to extend the scheme across the borough.

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Along with other councils, it is also calling for the Government to beef up the punishments that can be handed out to fly-tippers.

In the past six years just 5% of court fines handed out in England topped £1,000 and only 16% were above £500.