Loud late-night parties have been taking place in a remote part of the Leicestershire countryside.
Villagers who live near Drayton and Medbourne say that over recent nights people have been gathering in a field on the bank of the River Welland drinking and playing music until the early hours.
Leicestershire Police have been notified about the gatherings as there are concerns that Covid-19 restrictions are being broken but the force says it has had no official complaint about them.
An area of wheat about the size of half a tennis court has been flattened down by the water’s edge and repeatedly left strewn with empty bottles, cans and other mess.
Want a free daily bulletin – plus breaking news alerts direct to your inbox? Then sign up to our email newsletter service!
All you need to do is type your email address into the ‘sign up to free daily alerts’ box. It’s at the top of this article.
It’s also on any stories on the website – simply click ‘subscribe’ and you can expect your first newsletter at the next release.
Alternatively, click here to sign up online.
Decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails? No problem – you can just follow the unsubscribe link.
The field is next to a public right of way which can be accessed from the main road between Medbourne and Drayton.
In the field and on the riverbank, there were up to 40 empty beer bottles and cans, empty cigarette and tobacco packets, discarded food wrappers, sun lotion bottles and even a pair of women’s swimming bottoms on one occasion..
Empty beer bottles and cans have been stuffed in a nearby hedge.
There is evidence of a fire having been started.
A damaged bike frame and a twisted wheel and a deflated large inflatable water toy also litter the site.
A village resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It is disgusting. We don’t mind people having fun but this is too much.
“Look at the mess that has been made apart from anything else.
“It must have been a large gathering to leave such a scene.
“That is against the coronavirus lockdown rules.
“It is a beautiful setting but ruined by these idiots.
“It is a public path for people to walk their dogs or just enjoy a stroll.
“This has spoiled that.”
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: “We would encourage incidents of perceived anti-social behaviour to be reported to us”.