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Brighton council urges people to go home

Police are dispersing groups on Brighton seafront as they say there are too many people visiting the coast today, putting lives at risk.

Brighton and Hove City Council have posted an urgent plea online stating too many people on the seafront making social distancing 'impossible'.

British Transport Police are at Brighton Railway Station and officers are patrolling the paths along the Sussex coastline.

Some are obeying government guidelines by social distancing and undertaking their daily exercise

It's thought the increase in people along the seafront is because of the nice weather forecast this weekend.

That's despite government guidance to stay at home and only go out for essential trips such as food, exercise once daily and essential work that can not be done from home. The leader of Brighton and Hove City Council Nancy Platts has warned the amount of people along the seafront despite repeated warnings to avoid it, is putting lives at risk.

This drone photo shows people earlier in the day walking along the promenade

If people ignore this advice, they're putting themselves at risk, others at risk and the NHS at risk. We need people to take this seriously and protect one another."

– Nancy Platts, Brighton and Hove City Council