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Huge ​Clean Up Underway After Thousands Leave Litter All Over Park On Hottest March Day In 50 Years

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Huge ​Clean Up Underway After Thousands Leave Litter All Over Park On Hottest March Day In 50 Years

A giant clean-up operation is currently underway after crowds of people left litter all over Woodhouse Moor in Leeds yesterday.

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As temperatures soared on the hottest March day in 50 years, many people flocked to their local parks and commons to soak up the rays.

But not everyone remembered to take their litter home with them, leaving a sea of rubbish at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds' Hyde Park area.

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According to the BBC, a refuse collection team arrived at Woodhouse Moor earlier this morning, and are now working to clean up the mess.

Credit: YappApp/Ben Lack
Credit: YappApp/Ben Lack

Reporter Tom Airey said: "The first Leeds City Council workers to arrive have already filled four hay bale-sized bags of litter, with a busy morning ahead."

Many people took to social media to share photos and footage of the state of the park.

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Tweeting photos of the destruction left behind, a user called @irvinea wrote: "Those who have been to #HydePark #Leeds the last few days and left if like this should be absolutely ashamed for many reasons right now."

Credit: Twitter/@irvinea
Credit: Twitter/@irvinea

A resident who lives nearby also told ITV: "It's funny that people are actually surprised. If I was their age I'd probably be doing the same thing - but they're taking the mick a bit by not social distancing.

"I hope there's no outbreak, but they can't exactly be upset if there is one. It's selfish on their part, but understandable."

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Leeds City Council has reminded people to 'respect' guidelines as they socialise in public places.

In a statement provided to LADbible, a spokesperson said: "Whilst recognising that people will be keen to meet up with friends and family in our parks and green spaces given the relaxation in some coronavirus restrictions this week, we are asking residents to still fully respect all of the guidance currently in place.

"This includes those rules relating to social distancing and gatherings. This is vitally important if we are to continue to protect the health and wellbeing of ourselves and others.

"It is important that those who have had a vaccination continue to follow the rules. The full impact of the vaccine on transmission of the virus is not yet known, therefore it may be possible to spread the virus, putting others at risk.

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"We hope our residents can enjoy the good weather and our amenities while still adhering to the guidelines."

Credit: Twitter/@irvinea
Credit: Twitter/@irvinea

A statement from West Yorkshire Police said: "We continue to be in our communities, engaging and explaining and encouraging people to follow the new restrictions.

"We would like to remind people that we are still in a pandemic and will disperse groups of over six - using fines where appropriate to do so."

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Councillor Matt Robinson also asked people to take litter home with them.

He tweeted: "If you're enjoying our parks then take your litter and rubbish home with you, don't leave it for someone else to pick up.

"If you can't be bothered doing that then perhaps don't bother coming to the park in future."

LADbible has reached out to West Yorkshire Police for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@irvinea

Topics: Weather, UK News, litter, News

Jess Hardiman
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