Hundreds of sunseekers descended on Richmond Falls yesterday — and many left without taking their rubbish with them.
Local residents and council workers have been left to clean up the mess with disposable barbecues, fresh meat, drinks cans and bottles, clothing, tents and inflatable boats among the items discarded at the beauty spot.
A video posted on social media shows the falls and surrounding area scattered with rubbish.
Several residents said they had already cleared away bag loads of litter from the area.
There were also reports of disorder in Richmond Market Place with claims a staff member at the Co-op being assaulted.
Earlier this week the district council issued a reminder that a public a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was in place at Richmond Falls and the Batts.
The order was put in place following concerns over large groups gathering by the river during the pandemic drinking and taking drugs.
Anyone breaching the order by littering or lighting a barbecue could face a fixed penalty notice, the council said.
Local residents say the problem have been ongoing for several days, with more than £60 of steak being left at the beauty spot several days ago!