A STACK of mattresses are among items dumped in a huge pile of rubbish which has been been left near the River Thames in Reading.

The items, which were carelessly strewn across the bank of the Thames Side Promanade, were spotted by Caversham councillor Richard Davies, who posted a picture on his Twitter account.

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It shows mattresses, old furniture and gas canisters.

During lockdown, councils warned of an increased risk of flytipping as tips were closed or their use restricted.

Last week, West Berkshire Council promised to crack down on fly tipping following an “unacceptable” spike during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Cllr Davies said he saw the mess at a site between between Rivermead and the river, close to where Cow Lane comes out.

A spokesman from Reading Borough Council said: "The council will follow its standard procedure for investigating illegal fly-tipping and, if possible take the appropriate enforcement action against those responsible.

"Arrangements will be made to remove it as soon as possible."