Lockdown fines issued to Formby day-trippers

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Beauty spot: Formby beach has attracted lockdown rebels

Fines have been issued to people who travelled from outside the region to visit Formby beach at the weekend.  

Merseyside Police turned away more than 100 cars from the beauty hotspot after nice weather enticed people to break lockdown rules, with some travelling from as far afield as Leeds.

Thousands of pounds worth of fines were issued after visitors were caught at Formby beach with a total of 20 people each handed £200 penalty notices. 

Although restrictions remain in place, it is thought some people have started to relax since Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the government’s roadmap out of lockdown last week. 

 

Community Policing Superintendent Graeme Robson said in a statement: “Individuals from as far as Leeds, Manchester and Stockport were found to have made the trip to Formby today, which is quite frankly astounding.” 

Other Merseyside residents reported that other areas like New Brighton on the Wirral also saw a surge in visitors over the weekend.

Police have urged people to wait until they are given the go ahead to travel outisde of their locality to visit beaches and beauty spots. 

CPS Robson added: He added: “Now more than ever people should be taking heed of the advice, so that infection rates can continue to drop, and we can meet the criteria necessary for easing lockdown in the upcoming weeks and months. 

 

For further information on lockdown rules, please see the latest government guidance

 

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