FLY-TIPPERS were warned yesterday that their actions would not be tolerated, as a successful campaign was stepped up.

Darlington Borough Council has launched an anti-litter initiative, backed by The Northern Echo, targeting the town centre and the worst affected residential areas.

People illegally dumping rubbish in alleyways, streets and open spaces are the latest to come under scrutiny.

Darlington's uniformed wardens can issue a £50 fixed penalty fine to anyone caught fly-tipping. If the penalty is not paid within a set time limit, offenders could be hit by a £2,500 fine from magistrates.

Local authority bosses say that anyone prosecuted faces being named and shamed.

Incidents of fly-tipping or any other litter hotspots can be reported to (01325) 388777.