Police have slammed “thousands” of drivers for “blatantly breaching coronavirus rules” to travel to a beauty spot in Lancashire.

Officers from Chorley Police said they were “appalled and disappointed” at the number of people parked up in Rivington today, after they found 90% of cars were from outside of the area.

People had travelled from as far as Liverpool, Southport, Sale, Radcliffe and Worsley to the area on Sunday, against the current coronavirus restrictions.

Police warned that fines, in the form of Fixed Penalty Notices, “will be forthcoming if this continues.”

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Posting on Facebook, Sgt Harrison of Chorley Police said: “This is a blatant breach of Covid regulations which state that under the current restrictions you MUST NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME UNLESS YOU HAVE A REASONABLE EXCUSE.

“IF YOU NEED TO TRAVEL YOU SHOULD STAY LOCAL – MEANING AVOIDING TRAVELLING OUTSIDE OF YOUR VILLAGE, TOWN OR CITY WHERE YOU LIVE.

“We are appealing to people to stick to the guidelines and use some common sense.

“We are in the midst of a national pandemic and gatherings of this nature will undoubtedly lead to a national rise in Covid Cases. Fines will be forthcoming this continues.

“We appreciate that Rivington is a beautiful area but it will be here for a long time after the virus has gone.”

Police have also been clamping down on people travelling to Merseyside from Tier 4 areas this weekend.

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On Saturday, drivers were pulled over by officers before entering the Mersey tunnels, to check they are abiding by the latest coronavirus restrictions.

Mersey Tunnels Police were carrying out compliance checks at the Wirral entrances to the Mersey tunnels, with a small number of motorists randomly pulled over by officers.

Officers from Knowsley Police also had officers patrolling retail areas on Friday, to target those who had travelled here to shop





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