THIS disgusting pile of mess greeted beach-goers on one of the busiest weekends of the year in Portsmouth.
People were horrified when they discovered this mountain of junk on the pathway to Eastney beach, off Fort Cumberland Road.
Fly-tippers flouted the law and dumped the mess under the cover of darkness.
It included a sofa, a mattress, tools, rubble and plastics – just yards from a nature reserve supporting more than 100 different species.
Glenn Roberts, 38, of Eastney, was shocked to discover it as he walked to the beach.
He said: ‘It was a big mountain of rubbish. It looked like a house clearance.
‘It had everything in it, beds, sofas, there was even a tool box in there.
‘It’s disrespectful and dangerous.
‘It’s the first time I have seen anything like that in Portsmouth.’
He added: ‘It was one of the busiest weekends we have had and I found it quite embarrassing because we have so many people visiting and it looks awful.’
Eastney councillor Terry Hall said the city council would clear it up.
She said: ‘It’s something that needs to be cleared and see what measures we can put in to prevent it happening.
‘Obviously they have gone down there because it’s out of the way and nobody can see them. We don’t want fly-tipping anywhere.
‘We must do everything we can to prevent it and possibly ask the wardens to go down there on a regular basis to see if they can catch people.’
Earlier this year The News launched a campaign, backed by local councils, to encourage people to report fly-tippers and fly-tipping incidents as soon as they arise.
Registration numbers of cars used to do the dumping are one of the best ways of reporting a fly-tipper, as well as taking photographs.
To report fly-tipping to the city council, visit portsmouth.gov.uk/ext/forms/street-issues.aspx