Posters saying "Don't be a tosser, take your little home" are going up in Bath after a huge increase in rubbish being left in parks in recent weeks.

The anti-littering campaign by Bath & North East Somerset Council comes after more people have been outside since the easing of lockdown.

The council's cleaning teams have dealt with more than 120 littering incidents in May and June this year.

The message "Don't be a tosser" hopes to remind people that they need to clean up after themselves and bin their litter.

The council has stressed the notices "are not intended to cause offence" but is supposed to be "hard-hitting to tackle the issue."

People are being reminded to pick up their litter and put it in the bin. Credit: PA images

The temporary signs, which are also being used by a council in Dorset, will be put up in parks and open spaces in Keynsham, Saltford and Bath.

Those caught leaving litter can face fines of up to £150.

Since lockdown restrictions have eased, littering problems across our area have gone up. Our waste team and the volunteers who work hard to support us are fed up with picking up rubbish. It needs to stop now. Littering is illegal, anti-social, has a negative impact on our environment and costs thousands of pounds each year to clear.

Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Neighbourhood Services

The most common items left by members of the public in parks and public spaces include gas canisters, balloons, glass, disposable barbecues, cans, plastic bottles and bags of dog foul.