A council is using a hidden AI camera to snare litterbug drivers who leave their rubbish at a fly-tipping hotspot on the A12. 

Drivers will be covertly monitored on the dual-carriageway by the high-tech camera, which automatically matches offending motorists with their number plates.

Any offenders could face a £150 fine thanks to the new technology called 'LitterCam', which is being trialled on the A12 near Brentwood, Essex.

David Kendall, councillor at Brentwood Borough Council, said that one camera is being used on the road, but its location is being kept secret.

Mr Kendall said: "There's been a lot of fly-tipping, particularly in the laybys, with mattresses and kitchen appliances.

"It's generally pretty bad [on the A12].

"The cameras have been trialled elsewhere and they've proven to be quite successful."

LitterCam was first tested in Maidstone, Kent in February for a year-long trial.

The tech firm claims on its website to be "the complete vehicle-based littering solution for street scene, enforcement and highways maintenance professionals".

It says it can deter littering and offer a cost-effective way for councils to track down and fine offenders.