A couple had “full-on" sex on a public green in full view of passing adults and children yesterday.

The man and woman, described as both being in their mid-20s with dark hair, were said to have been seen by hundreds of people at around 7.30pm in the middle of George Green in Wanstead.

Witnesses said the police twice asked the couple to move on but did not take any further action despite the couple continuing to have sex when the officers left.

A 39-year-old mother-of-three, who lives in Draycot Road and did not wish to be named, said one jogger almost collided with a lamppost when he was distracted as he ran past "within touching distance".

She said: “I have seen a lot in my time but I am genuinely shocked at what I saw yesterday evening.

"It was a full-on porn movie in Wanstead.

“Police walked up to the woman and she stood up with no knickers on and her cleavage hanging out.

"I can’t believe they didn’t do more than tell them to leave.

“They must have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs but even so it was just unbelievable to see, with all the sound effects to go with it.

“Luckily I didn’t have my young kids with me but I have heard other parents have had to sit down with their young children and try to explain what happened.”

Colin Cronin, Conservative councillor for Snaresbrook ward, also spotted the couple.

“I was shocked," he said. 

"It wasn't just a bit of petting, he was on top of her going at it full pelt while the shop keepers whistled and cheered them on.

“When the police walked over, the lady had to stand up to put her jeans back on.”

The police have been approached for comment.