FIREFIGHTERS have criticised the people responsible for setting fire to discarded rubbish in a New Forest car park.

Crews took to social media after being called out to Moyles Court at Rockford, near Ringwood.

Ringwood Fire Station tweeted: "Last night we were called to discarded rubbish that had been left in the car park and set fire to.

"This needless waste of resources and lack of respect for the Forest could have turned into a much larger incident.

"After extinguishing the fire we picked up the remainder of the rubbish and brought it back to our station to dispose of responsibly.

"If you are visiting the Forest please take all your rubbish home with you and remember that BBQs or fires of any kind are not allowed."