A mum has been left disgusted after she spotted a girl having a poo in a children’s play park at a popular beauty spot.

The woman, from Littleborough, had taken her young daughter to the wooden play area at Hollingworth Lake on Wednesday when she saw a girl, around six-years-old, pull down her trousers at the side of the park.

Initially, she assumed the youngster needed a wee and turned away to speak with her partner, before glancing back and spotting the girl pooing on the ground in front of the play equipment.

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Despite her shock, the mum, who doesn’t wish to be named, stayed quiet about the situation until she spotted one of the girl’s older male relatives wiping the child’s bum and throwing the wet wipe over the fence and into some undergrowth.

She said: “I left it until her dad came over and started wiping her bum with some wet wipes and just threw the wet wipe over the side of the fence and I asked him to put it in the bin.

“He was like 'oh yeah I was going to' and I thought to myself, well you weren't because you just threw it over the side of the fence.

“He carried on wiping her bum and went to put the wipes in the bin and then came back and had to climb over the fence into some stinging nettles to get this wet wipe that he apparently had all the intention of putting into the bin.

“Then he walked away to the woman he was with, so I asked her if he was going to pick up the poo and she looked at me, and then looked away, so I said it a little bit louder.

“He turned around so I asked him and he said 'yeah of course' and got a nappy bag out the back of the pram and walked back over to the poo, so I don't think he even intended to pick it up.”

At this point the family decided to leave the park as their young daughter, who is crawling, was growing tired.

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As they were getting ready to leave, the mum explained there was a public toilet a few minutes away, at the nearby cafe, in case the family needed to use the facilities in the future.

Things turned a little sour, with both adults accompanying the child snapping back to her, even asking whether she owned the park.

The mum added: “I decided to leave because we'd already been played out and I was disgusted, it was a bit gross.

“We went to leave and as I was leaving I said if you get caught short again there's a public toilet about five minute's walk away and pointed towards the cafe.

“The girl turned around and asked ‘are you being serious right now?' and the man turned around and said 'do you own this park or something?'

“I explained my baby's crawling and I don't want to have to look out for poo in a public park - we all own it and I don't want to have to deal with human faeces in here.

“We carried on walking out and the guy tried to be proper friendly asking where we were from whilst I was strapping her into the pram.

“I don’t know whether he was just trying to make up for there being animosity between us or what.”

The mum’s story has been met with mixed responses so far, with some questioning whether there was any need to embarrass the child further after she’d had a poo in the park.

Human excrement and poor hygiene facilities have been linked to diseases such as cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, and polio.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.2m people die each year from diarrhoeal diseases, with many of these deaths occurring in children and developing countries.

The organisation says the disposal of human waste is essential for protecting public health, even in developed countries like the UK, as pathogens from the waste can be transmitted via eating or drinking contaminated products, or through the skin after direct contact.

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