Residents of Newark voice their fury, as former picturesque river becomes a dumping ground for unwanted shopping trolleys.

A section of the River Trent that runs through Newark, has attracted a collection of 12 shopping trolleys since being drained just one week ago.

It’s believed that the rubbish comes from the Asda supermarket, which is under a mile away from the new junk pile.

Local resident, John Stirland, 65, who lives on Victoria Terrace, witnessed a young man throwing a trolley onto the pile.

He said: “I’m really unsure what pleasure people get from doing this.

“Newark is such a beautiful place and it’s a shame others don’t have the same pride I do”.

Mr Stirland added his concerns for the future of the river: “I just worry that others will begin to follow.

“There needs to either be signs put it place to warn people not to do it or Asda need to start charging for their trolleys”.

The river has been drained so repairs to the lock gates can take place as part of an annual winter program.

Steven Hardy, 35, of Newark Canal and River Trust said: “Once we’ve finished the lock works we’ll take them out before releasing the water back into the river.

“It’s not by design, but hopefully with people seeing the rubbish that gets thrown into the river it will make them think and take more responsibility for throwing out their rubbish properly.

Mr Hardy feels the River Trent is something that local people should be rightly proud of.

He said: “It played a vital role in the town’s history and is a great place for wildlife.

“It makes absolutely no sense to dump stuff in the river and it’s really sad that a minority of people try to spoil it for everyone else.

He added: “We want people to take pride in their river and help us to look after it so that it remains an attractive place for wildlife and a special place for them to escape to”.

Throughout November, the Canal and River Trust is investing £45 million into care of rivers across England and Wales.

Maintenance will include the replacement and refurbishment of worn-out lock gates, repairs to aqueducts, reservoirs, bridges and tunnels, and work should be finished in early January