Four of the five biggest areas in Berkshire have seen fly-tipping increase substantially in the last year, figures show.

Windsor and Maidenhead have seen the worst increase, with a 115 per cent more rubbish illegally deposited, according to research by insurance broke Lycetts.

Reading was the only area to see fly-tipping decrease, from 1845 incidents to 1628.

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“Fly-tipping is an unwelcome blight on our countryside and can represent far more than an inconvenience to victims of the crime,” said Rupert Wailes-Fairbairn of Lycetts.

“Incidents not only pose significant environmental and human health risks, but also a legal and financial burden for farmers and landowners.

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Clean-up bills per incident average around £1,000, according to the National Rural Crime Network, but large-scale incidents can cost upwards of £10,000.