A gang of drugged-up yobs flouted coronavirus lockdown with an illegal rave that soon descended into a mass brawl.
Horrified families were left wading through piles of discarded beer cans and drug paraphernalia after the roadside party in Knowsley, Liverpool.
Cops believe the rave started on Monday afternoon and continued until the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The Liverpool Echo claims Detectives are also probing reports that a mass brawl led to two serious assaults.
Merseyside Police Chief Inspector Phil Mullally said: “This is a concerning event and those attending have put themselves and others in the community at significant risk, not only in relation to coronavirus, but also by taking illegal substances and being in close range of the motorway which could have quite easily resulted in someone being seriously hurt or worse.
“A vast amount of rubbish was also left behind.
“Government guidance still states that we must all be social distancing, only meeting in groups of six (at most), and continuing to act sensibly and safely; none of which was adhered to during this illegal gathering.
"We, like all key workers, are already facing a huge demand and having to deal with these sorts of unnecessary incidents puts extra strain on both police and partnership resources.
"We are working with partner agencies to address the issues caused by this illegal gathering, clean up the area and local officers will patrol the area to prevent future gatherings of this nature occurring.
"I am directly appealing to those at this gathering, their parents, and their friends to take a moment to think about their actions.
"Please continue to follow guidance set out to protect yourselves and others.
"Parents and guardians are also reminded to ask where your child is going and who they’re meeting up with. By us all working together, our communities can return to normal a lot sooner."