RESIDENTS are furious after Green Pride revellers left behind a pile of rubbish.

Plastic bottles, food wrappings, soft drink cans and a burnt rubbish bin were all found in Brighton’s Preston Park after the pro-cannabis gathering on Saturday.

Residents went to clean up the mess and said they wereangry about the visitors’ irresponsibility.

Paula Isaac, 42, of Archery Close, Preston Park, said she found the mess when she was walking her dog.

She said: “It was just horrendous.

“I was walking my dog and there were crisp packets and rubbish near the pond.

“There were also rubbish, drug packets and clothes strewn across the park.

“One bin was burnt and damaged and there was a burnt patch on the grass. I went back home and got a big black bag to pick up as much rubbish as I can.

“I cleaned the pond near the rockery because there are fishes.

“I’m just angry people are so irresponsible and they get away with this behaviour.”

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “This festival was quiet and peaceful enough but did they have to leave the park looking like one giant rubbish heap?

“There was even rubbish hidden underneath trees. To top it off, someone vandalised a beautiful old relic.

“It doesn’t take a lot of time and effort to clean up after yourself.

“If we all pitch in and do our bit, it will make a big difference.

“Our city already has problems with rubbish, people should stop contributing to it.”

Peter Kyle, Labour MP for Hove and Portslade, said: “I grew up in a house where my mother would always tell me to clean up after myself and to keep my bedroom tidy.

“I am often contacted by people wanting the council to clean up our public spaces quicker after a busy day.

“I agree, but if people also took responsibility for their own litter our whole community would be a friendlier, safer and nicer place too.

“Don’t make a mess for others.”

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokesman said: “We always encourage people to take their litter home with them and this is even more important during the busy summer months.

“We work with event organisers to ensure they have a clean-up operation in place.

“However this particular gathering was not an officially organised event and therefore did not seek or receive permission from the council.”