Police in Cornwall have carried out “dawn raids” on campervans, caravans and tents as people flouted the lockdown rules and stayed overnight.
Police cracked down on holiday hotspots and gave campers an early wake up call and were ordered to return home.
Under the current government rules people can drive anywhere in England only, including Brighton and cannot be told to leave the area, and you must respect the community in applying social distancing measures.
However, you are not allowed to stay out overnight, and you must return to your registered place of residence.
The move by police comes as beaches were packed in the UK with gridlocked roads on Wednesday. Police in Newquay carried out patrols in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Police said on Twitter, “We identified some visitors that had travelled to Newquay and stayed overnight against Public Health England advice and legislation.
“With engagement, explanation and education they moved on. We love visitors to the town, #comebacklater.”
#StayAtHomeAndStaySafe #Covid_19 #coronavirusuk We identified some visitors that had travelled to #Newquay and stayed overnight against @PHE_uk advice and legislation. With engagement,explanation & education they moved on. We love visitors to the town, #comebacklater pic.twitter.com/nV3vN9oZcv
— Newquay Police Response (@NewquayResponse) May 21, 2020
Local resident Janice Thirlaway-Price said: “The main thing thing is the blatant disregard of government guidelines and lack of consideration for our community.”
She added, “There are no facilities open, so nowhere to go to the toilet for 10 miles, Tesco or Sainsbury’s, which leads to the dangers of human waste in and around the footpaths local people are using for their daily exercise.
“There is the increased risk of spreading COVID-19 and the impact it will have on Treliske and our local doctors.
“Various footpaths around the village make it impossible to maintain a two-metre distance.”