The Coastguard is warning people not to take risks at the coast this weekend.

The warning comes as lockdown eases in various parts of the country meaning coastal exercise and visits are allowed.

And with the weather set to be scorching in most of the country, many people will take the opportunity to visit the coast.

However, the usual risks the coast poses have been amplified as local authorities and land owners may not have had the opportunity to make their usual safety provisions and the majority of beaches will not currently be lifeguarded.

Anyone going to a beach should take personal responsibility, avoid the dangers and keep themselves safe.

‘We can’t emphasise this enough - the sea has no respect for whether you’re local or not, whether you’re experienced or not – the sea is unmerciful if it catches you out.’

Director of HM Coastguard Claire Hughes