A disgusted litter picker made the stomach churning discovery of a black bin bag filled of ‘human faeces’ while cleaning up a busy family park.
The St Helens Litter Heroes are volunteers who clear rubbish from areas of parkland in St Helens.
Last week, volunteers Ian Roberts was patrolling around Queens Park when he stumbled on a particularly gruesome find.
Posting on the group’s Facebook page, Ian said: “I’m not a happy chappie today [sic]. I actually feel like throwing in the towel and calling it a day with this litter-picking lark.
“I’ve not been around Queens Park since Monday as I’ve been up, clearing the Eccleston Branchline Linear Park.
“So today I did an hour removing a few days worth of litter. Not a problem.
“But when I got to the path between the dog walking area and the brook filter plant where the kids go to watch the ducks I found an ominous looking black bin bag on the path.
“I knew straight away what was in it. I knew because I spent the last couple of days clearing identical bin bags from the Linear Park.
“I knew because I’ve come across countless identical bags around St Helens over the last few months.
“Yes, it was a bin bag full of human faeces. A bag full of human s**t.”
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The bin bag was found on a path near a holly bush that was littered with other rubbish including a syringe and other drug paraphernalia.
Nearby, Ian also discovered a cardboard bedpan that someone had urinated in.
Ian said since lockdown restrictions were eased the volunteers have seen an explosion in the amount of litter in local parks and green spaces.
He said that with so many people using open spaces now for exercise and personal well being, these areas are being spoiled and abused by a minority of people that have “no respect or regard for our parks.”
Ian said: “As a community group, we do our best to assist an overstretched and underfunded local council to keep our parks clean and safe for the community to enjoy.
“Our work is not helped by those who go way beyond the normal littering and leave drug paraphernalia including needles in parks.
“Recently, we have come across bin bags full of human excrement in parks and public places.
“Obviously we find this totally abhorrent not just for volunteers and council staff who have to remove it, but for members of the public and park users who may encounter it.
“It’s not acceptable that this kind of behaviour goes on.”
Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “We applaud voluntary groups like St Helens #LitterHeroes for taking great pride in where they live and their incredible efforts in supporting the work of the council in keeping streets and green spaces clean.
“So coming across waste like this is a real kick in the teeth for those volunteers.
“Nobody wants to see this reprehensible behaviour especially in public places such as parks where children are likely to visit. those responsible are a blight on our communities.
“Littler, included drug-related, can be reported to our Contact Centre online, by calling 01744 676789 or through the council’s app by searching ‘St Helens’ in your app store.”
St Helen’s Council said if litter picking groups come across the likes of glass, needles and chemicals then it should be reported to the contact centre.