The mess left after hundreds were spotted drinking alcohol and listening to music at the site of a wildlife project

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This is the mess left behind after hundreds of people were spotted drinking alcohol and listening to music at the site of a wildlife project in Greater Manchester.

People living close to the woodland site in Leigh reported hearing people fighting and arguing in the early hours of the morning, while others awoke to find their cars had been damaged.

Pictures shared on social media on Sunday morning also show a sea oflitter left strewn across the ground, including laughing gas canistersand empty bottles.

One woman, who lives close to the the site, and asked not to be named, said: ""It looks horrendous. There is rubbish everywhere."

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"We went for a walk last night at about 8.30 and heard the music booming then. There were hundreds of them in their early 20s and late teens.

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Fears have also been expressed about the impact on the wildlife in the area.

The site is currently part of a project to transform the former Bickershaw Colliery into a country park.

Once completed, the area will be able to hold more than 200 million additional litres of water, creating areas for wildlife and protectinghomes at high risk of flooding.

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Police officers attended the site on Saturday evening and spoke tosome of the youths gathered.

However, they deemed the group to be 'acting peacefully and not in thevicinity of people’s houses' and no further action was taken

"Officers assessed and closely monitored the situation, continuing to review similar reports to police throughout the evening.

Chief Inspector Steph Parker, Greater Manchester Police