Empty beaches and deserted roads: Police thank Yorkshire and Lincolnshire public for obeying coronavirus lockdown

Police have thanked the public after checks on key locations in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire appeared to show people were obeying government instructions to stay at home.

Forces across the region posted pictures on social media of deserted roads and empty coastal spots as the Easter Bank Holiday weekend got underway.

It followed concerns that people might be tempted out by good weather in defiance of social distancing rules– and warnings that anyone caught ignoring the lockdown would face police action.

North Yorkshire tweeted pictures of a car-free A64 near Malton – the main route to Yorkshire's coastline – and and empty beach at Scarborough:

On a patrol of the border between South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, South Yorkshire Police said a road through the Peak District was "pretty much empty".

Humberside Police thanked people from staying away from Bridlington:

And Lincolnshire Police reiterated that the county's coastline was closed to visitors: