Discarded wellies and sleep mats were among rubbish found on the fell. Photo: Wasdale MRT

Discarded wellies and sleep mats were among rubbish found on the fell. Photo: Wasdale MRT

A mountain rescue team discovered rubbish scattered on a hillside at the scene of a makeshift camp after it was alerted to flashing lights on the fell.

A member of the public rang the Wasdale team in the early hours of Sunday to say they had seen flashing lights on Harter Fell above Eskdale.

The Wasdale MRT leader decided to wait until first light before taking action as there was not enough information to instigate a callout of the team’s volunteers at 1.15am.

A team spokesperson said: “The team leader visited the location where the lights were seen and found an abandoned campsite, rubbish everywhere: cans, tent poles, yellow wellies and broken seats.”

There were also discarded empty beer cans.

The spokesperson urged anyone who had information about the incident to contact Cumbria Constabulary on 101.

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