A crackdown on littering from Bexley Council has seen money collected from littering fines soar in the last two years.

The council has nabbed more than £300,000 from fines between 2016 and 2018.

The figures, obtained by News Shopper in a Freedom of Information request, show that £167,110 was collected by the council between 2017 and 2018 from fines.

This is a rise of almost £15,000 on the previous year (2016-2017) in which £152,540 was received from littering fines.

The enormous sums are a huge increase on the amount collected in previous years, with just £400 being collected from 2015 to 2016 and £450 received from 2014 to 2015.

A spokeswoman from Bexley Council said: "The rise in the number of fines issued followed the introduction of a widely publicised tougher stance against littering.

"This included uniformed enforcement officers patrolling areas and issuing fixed penalty notices to those committing the criminal offence of littering."