Slough Borough Council is warning residents that it is illegal to attach leaflets and posters to street furniture to advertise their business.
The practice, commonly known as fly-posting, usually involves putting up posters, stickers or bills without the permission of the property owner.
The warning comes after a Slough resident was spotted on Farnham Road at 10pm on 28 June 2016 attaching labels to lamp posts, advertising a massage service.
The offence was witnessed by a member of the public who then reported it to police officers who were in the vicinity.
Mr Mihai Adrian Costache, aged 41, of Ledgers Road, Slough was spoken to by the police officers and when questioned, stated that he was paid £35 by a female he had just met in the Farnham Road.
The case was then referred to Slough Borough Council’s resilience and enforcement team to investigate.
A summons was served on Mr Costache to attend Reading Magistrates Court on 3 February 2016, however he failed to attend and the case was heard in his absence.
Mr Costache was found guilty in his absence of an offence under Section 132(1) of the Highways Act 1980 and fined £100 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30.
Councillor Paul Sohal, commissioner for regulation and consumer protection, said: “Fly-posting is not only illegal; it’s ugly and costs the council a great deal of money, both to clean up and prosecute.
“I hope this serves as a warning to other would-be vandals that we take fly-posting offences very seriously and we will continue to prosecute offenders to the full extent of the law.”
Residents should report flyposting via email to http://www.slough.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/report-littering-graffiti-or-fly-tipping.aspx or contact MyCouncil on 01753 475111.