‘Height of selfishness’: BBC presenter Dan Walker slams Endcliffe Park crowds

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker has described the litter left at a Sheffield park this morning as ‘the height of selfishness’.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 11:37 am

The Sheffield-born TV star was reacting to a video widely shared on Twitter which shows huge mounds of rubbish left in Endcliffe Park last night.

Yesterday, the park was thronged with revellers enjoying both the sun and the recent change in the coronavurus restrictions which allow six people to meet up outside once more.

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But it became obvious late last night that many of those in attendance hadn’t take their litter with them as they left, leaving local residents and council staff to pick up the pieces this morning.

A video of the scene shared by Sheffield Telegraph editor Ellen Beardmore has since been shared by hundreds of times including by Mr Walker.

After sharing the video, he wrote: “TAKE IT WITH YOU!!! The height of selfishness.”

The video shows barbecues, clothes, booze and bottles – as well as at least one wallet that had presumably left by mistake.

The rubbish clear up at Endcliffe Park. Picture: Chris Etchells

Other videos and pictures show mounds of rubbish around large litter bins, while other trash had simply been left in open areas on the park.

This morning, teams of local residents and council staff have been cleaning up the park, which is one of Sheffield’s most popular and well-loved green spaces.

Yesterday, Nottingham Council banned the consumption of alcohol in one city park after similar scenes there while this morning there have been calls for Endcliffe Park to be closed to avoid any repeat.

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