A fly-tipper was fined nearly £1,000 after dumping a sofa and glass door next to a Morden recycling site.

Enoch Osei, 39, was forced to shell out £945 by the courts after he admitted the offence that took place just yards from his own home.

Police officers who witnessed the incident reported Osei, of Green Lane, Morden, to Merton Council's enforcement team, that brought the prosecution against him as part of its anti-litter campaign.

The incident took place in October last year next to a neighbourhood recycling site in Green Lane, Morden, not far from where the defendant lives.

Osei was convicted of depositing without an environmental permit controlled waste in or on land at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on January 7 and was ordered to pay out £945 - a £450 fine, £450 costs and the victim surcharge of £45.

Councillor Judy Saunders, cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, said: "People should be warned that anyone we catch fly-tipping could face a court conviction and substantial fines.

"Dumping rubbish on Merton’s streets impacts on the quality of life for all residents and it is particularly unfair on those whose private land is affected.

"We and the majority of our residents want to see clean streets in the borough. Our enforcement teams are on the look out for offenders and won’t let them get away with fly-tipping."

If people witness fly-tipping, they should note down as many details of the event as possible and report it to the council via the website on www.merton.gov.uk/report-it.