People can now dob in illegal parking jobs late into the evening.

In an effort to crack down on the issue, Merton Council has rolled out an out-of-hours phone line where people can report everything from pavement parking to vehicles blocking dropped kerb access.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, environment and housing, Cllr Martin Whelton said: “Residents have told us that they want us to take quick action when they report illegally parked vehicles.

"Therefore, from August residents can use the new dedicated telephone line to report an illegally parked vehicle outside of office hours.

"I am certain that everyone agrees that illegal parking is dangerous for pedestrians and can be a real nuisance for other road users. Taking quick action reinforces our firm but fair approach to traffic enforcement.”

The line will be available Monday to Saturday from 7am to 10pm, and Sundays 11.45am to 4pm.

During the evenings and at weekends calls will go directly to the civil enforcement officer mobile patrol, which will increase the likelihood of officers getting to the locations while the illegally parked vehicle is still there.

The number to call to report illegal parking is 020 8545 4661, option 3.