Police turn away more than 100 cars from Formby beach

Hundreds flocked to beauty spots and coastal areas during the sunny weather. Credit: MEN + Liverpool Echo

Hundreds were sent home from beauty spots as the sunny weather lead to an 'extremely busy' weekend for North West police forces.

In Merseyside, more than 100 cars were turned away from Formby beach, with 20 fines worth £200 handed out to drivers on Saturday 28 February.

Some of those people were found to have travelled from as far as Leeds, Stockport, and Manchester. Police now say they will step up patrols in popular destinations.

Community Policing Superintendent Graeme Robson added: "Individuals from as far as Leeds, Manchester and Stockport were found to have made the trip to Formby, which is quite frankly astounding."

The car park at Formby beach were full as hundreds travelled from as far away as Leeds and Greater Manchester. Credit: Liverpool Echo

Hundreds of people also flocked to Crosby Beach, 10 miles further south, as the region experienced another day of clear blue skies and sunshine.

Traffic was pictured backing up in the area as crowds gathered for picnics and others sunbathed on the sand.

Hundreds flocked to Crosby to make the most of the sunny weather. Credit: Liverpool Echo

Meanwhile, in Lancashire officers say the 24 hours over Saturday was one of the busiest they have had.

They force said in total they dealt with some 618 Covid-related incidents over the weekend including breaking up house parties an open gym and people traveling long distances to visit the county.

In Greater Manchester drivers were hit with parking fines as people flocked to theregion's beauty spots to make the most of the sunshine.

Police handed out fines to those visiting Dovestones Reservoir on Saddleworth Moor in Greater Manchester. Credit: MEN

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