A MAP has been produced to highlight fly tipping 'hot spots' in the Cotswolds.

Cotswold District Council’s environmental services team has produced the map that shows locations in the district where fly tipping is most prevalent.

The aim of the map is to enlist people's help to crack down on illegal dumping.

Residents are being urged by the council to study the map and be extra vigilant in the areas marked with a red pin, reporting any suspicious tipping activities to the council whenever possible.

Councillor Andrew Doherty, Cotswold District Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for tackling fly tipping, said: “Cotswold District, covering 450 square miles, is one of the largest districts in the country making it difficult to guard against determined fly tippers.

"We hope that highlighting the areas where this is more common will enable local residents to help identify these criminals and reduce the impact on their environment.

“No-one should put themselves in danger, but it is always useful to be vigilant for suspicious tipping activity.

"You should inform the council about suspicious activity ASAP by calling on 01285 623123 or via our online form.

"The more detail you can provide the more likely it is to have results.

“We are grateful for the help we receive from residents to combat this unacceptable crime, and hope that this new map will generate even more referrals.

"Rest assured that if we can trace and identify offenders, we will always take steps to prosecute them."