Tories Target Envirocrims
Householders who keep putting out their bins on the wrong day could be caught out by secret spy cameras hidden in tin cans and bricks and branded "envirocriminals".
Ealing Council in west London is using the hidden cameras to catch people committing "major envirocrimes" such as graffiti and fly-tipping on main roads.
However council tax payers who put out their bins on the wrong day could also be caught up in the push.
The cameras, which cost around £200 each, are triggered by built-in movement sensors.
The council, which is Conservative controlled, said in a newsletter to local residents: "To catch vandals and envirocriminals, cameras disguised as anything from tin cans to house bricks will instantly email images to the council's CCTV control centre."
If you come across an old tin can with an aerial sticking out of it, giving it a good recycle is the only responsible thing to do.