Partying youths and families who should know better have left revolting piles of rubbish behind as they took advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend to head to North Staffordshire’s beauty spots.
Soiled nappies, food packaging and dozens of laughing gas canisters have all been abandoned in country parks across the area.
One photo from Apedale Country Park shows at least 40 glass bottles and a similar number of metal bulbs on a burnt patch of ground where a fire had been started at some point on Saturday (May 23).
And over in the Staffordshire Moorlands, one lazy parent chose to dump their child’s used nappy at Deep Hayes Country Park near Cheddleton rather than take it home with them.
Similar scenes greeted people visiting Smithpool Park in Fenton, Holden Lane Pool in Sneyd Green, Hanley’s Central Forest Park and other areas.
Those responsible for the mess have now been labelled ‘brainless idiots’.
And concerns have also been raised about a lack of social distancing.
One woman, who regularly visits Apedale, said: “It’s disgusting. They have absolutely no respect.
“I was brought up to always take rubbish home with me if there was nowhere else to safely dispose of it.”
Another added: “You’ve got to feel sorry for the rangers who will be clearing the mess with no help from the volunteers due to the current situation.”
And a third said: “It’s things like this really do lose faith in the people of this country. It is the same picture everywhere.”
One mum was upset by the lack of social distancing at the Lido.
She said: “I went for a walk on Sunday afternoon to Smithpool Park. I was shocked to see so many different groups of people with children and teenagers meeting their friends.
“There was no social distancing at all and clearly not from the same household.
“It really winds me up as I have a five-week-old baby who hasn’t been able to meet any of his family due to the coronavirus.
“It breaks my heart everyday that this social distancing continues as I know how much my family want to meet him and to have cuddles with him.
“He is my first child and we are missing out on so much right now but you have got people who clearly don’t care about themselves or others and potentially putting so many people at risk.
“I could continue ranting about this but nothing will change and the longer people don’t obey the rules the longer we who are obeying the rules will have to suffer.”
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Police have now urged people to be more respectful of the environment even though most publis toilets are closed and bins are oveflowing.
A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Please remember that our parks are beauty spots and are there to be enjoyed, and be looked after whilst you are taking your daily exercise.
“Please take all of your rubbish home with you.”