Large amounts of litter were left strewn across Epsom Common on Sunday (June 13) in the wake of an illegal rave in the area.

Volunteers joined workers with Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) in a collective effort to clean up after the rave, which is now being investigated by Surrey Police.

A council spokesperson told the Surrey Comet that "plastic and glass drink bottles, fast food containers plastic cups, balloons and Nos canisters" filled refuse bags used by the volunteers who cleaned the mess up, adding that "a fire had also been lit" and there was "evidence of a barbecue within the protected area".

Police forces in Epsom and Ewell meanwhile said they were working with the council to investigate what happened.

A spokesperson posted the following statement to Twitter:

"Surrey Police are aware of a large gathering which is believed to have taken place at Epsom Common in the early hours of Sunday morning (13 June).

"Those who attended were in breach of Covid 19 regulations. We're working with Epsom and Ewell BC and investigating this matter."

New infections of Covid-19 are rising at the moment in Epsom and Ewell amid growing concerns over the spread of the Delta variant.

According to Public Health England (PHE) data there were 54 new cases of the virus confirmed in the borough in the week up to June 9, up 25.6 per cent from the previous week's figure.