Anti-social behaviour and selfish parking by visitors to Eton College's celebrated Dorney Lake is causing anger and outrage in the village.

Furious posts on social media talk of violent and abusive behaviour, mess, bottles dumped, burned out barbecue remains and large groups of young people ignoring social distancing rules on the celebrated site, which once hosted the Olympic rowing events.

Eton College's lake management team has publicly acknowledged there is a problem after applying for a public space protection order back in March.

It has put out a statement saying: "The order was granted in recognition of the fact that persistent incidents of aggressive, unreasonable/anti-social behaviour including alcohol and drug abuse, littering, vandalism and bridge jumping has had a significant negative impact on the local environment, our events and the quality of life in the locality.

"The police are fully supporting us by carrying out regular patrols of the lake, including dog handlers and mounted officers, at the peak times when anti-social behaviour occurs.

"We have two security guards on our main gates and internal barrier throughout the day every day of the week."

But social media comments by villagers insist the problem remains.

Although Eton College owns the site it is a recognised public space with a recognised Sustrans path running around the perimeter of the site which could not be closed without a temporary footpath closure order.

Yesterday Eton College's bursar Janet Walker said: "We are extremely sorry that the residents of Dorney are having to put up with all this unpleasantness.

"We have arranged a meeting with the police and councillors to try to come up with a more effective solution. We cannot solve this on our own."

Meanwhile concern is growing over the number of car owners blatantly ignoring double yellow lines in Court Lane and Marsh Lane on their way to the lake.

Chairman of Dorney Parish Council Keith Harris said: "We are very, very disapointed with the police. We paid for double yellow lines to be put down and they are not enforcing them. We feel let down.

"Dorney is a small village and does not ask for much. We feel let down at our time of need."