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Thousands of Britons flocked to beaches today to bask in 80F temperatures as police warned lockdown-breaking campers to keep away after many ignored no staying overnight rules amid fears of a second spike of coronavirus deaths

by Katherin Salomons (2020-10-23)


Thousands of Britons flocked to beaches today to bask in 80F temperatures as police warned lockdown-breaking campers to keep away after many ignored no staying overnight rules amid fears of a second spike of coronavirus deaths. 

Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner Alison Hernandez warned people to 'think twice' before they 'break the rules by staying overnight, parking illegally or driving dangerously'.

It came after her officers sent illegal campers home from Newquay and six people were killed or badly injured on the roads over the past five days. 

Meanwhile, in the coastal town of Woolacombe in Devon, traffic wardens issued more than 70 tickets as all car parks were shut to keep away visitors. 

Local councillor Andrea Davis warned people to stay away: 'Please note the car parks in Woolacombe are NOT open, the loos not open, the cafes not open,' she said.

'Please consider all these facts before visiting. Yesterday there was chaos.'

Her warnings were echoed by Duncan Dunbar, a 33-year-old highway worker from Wadebridge, Cornwall, who urged visitors to wait until after all lockdown measures are lifted: 'We only have one hospital here and it's small and struggles at the best of times,' he said.

'I'm worried about what will happen if there's an outbreak.'

Steve Double, the Tory MP for St Austell and Newquay, said that day-trippers from outside of Cornwall should not be coming to the county.

Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Double said: 'We are concerned about the next week as people come to places like Cornwall and abuse the new rules by sleeping over.

The restrictions are clear that while people free to travel for day trips they are not permitted to sleep in camper vans or in tents overnight. We want to be able to welcome people a bit later in the year but we can only do that if we get on top of this virus. Do not come to Cornwall at this time.'

It came as new figures showed coronavirus is still infecting an estimated 61,000 people a week in England - although the true figure could be as high as 111,000. 

A major study has also found less than half of 19 to 30-year-olds are 'strictly' abiding by Britain's lockdown rules, while among adults the figure has dropped from 70 per cent to under 60 per cent in the last fortnight. 

People frolic in the water as they enjoy the sunshine in a park in east London today as temperatures soar across the country

A family cool off in the River Lea today.

New figures show coronavirus is still infecting an estimated 61,000 people a week in England - although the true figure could be as high as 111,000

People enjoy the sunshine in a park in East London today.

A major study has found less than half of 19 to 30-year-olds are 'strictly' abiding by Britain's lockdown rules

Crowds of people visiting Southend beach during hot and sunny weather in Southend, Essex today as temperatures rise

Ruislip Lido in Ruislip, West London today. Thousands of Britons flocked to beaches today to bask in 80F temperatures

Britons enjoy the hot weather in Bournemouth, Dorset, as people flock to parks and beaches while temperatures soar

Police out on dawn patrol this morning (21 May) in Newquay, identifying and moving on campervans that had come to the region

Beaches remained busy today, including Southend in Essex (pictured) where the number of people packing the sand made social distancing difficult 

A woman and man pictured on a paddle board on the Regents Canal in London today as people flock to parks and beaches with lockdown measures eased

A family cross the River Lea today in London. This week temperatures soared, tempting Britons out of their homes

A woman with two Siberian husky dogs paddles in the water at Southend beach during hot and sunny weather in Southend, Essex today

Members of the public cool off with a relaxing swim in the River Lea in London today as temperatures soar to 80F

A woman applies suncream to another woman's back during hot and sunny weather in Southend, Essex today

People enjoying the sun and warm weather in Potters Fields next to Tower Bridge in London this afternoon

People frolic in the water as they enjoy the sunshine in a park in East London on May 21 amid sunny weather across Britain

Crowds of people walk through Broadway Market in London as people flock to parks and beaches amid soaring temperatures

Britons enjoy the hot weather at Whitley Bay beach in Tyneside as people flock to parks and beaches amid the sunshine

A man enjoys an ice cream on Southend beach today as a woman sunbathes amid soaring temperatures across the country

People enjoy the sunny weather in Clapham Common in south-west London as high temperatures continue ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend

The findings are likely to spook Downing Street as Boris Johnson weighs up whether he can go ahead with the next stage of lockdown easing at the start of June. 

The Prime Minister has long insisted that rules can only be loosened if the rate of transmission of the deadly disease continues to fall. 

Number 10 is not willing to risk a second wave of coronavirus but today its plans to prevent another outbreak took a massive hit as ministers admitted an NHS coronavirus contact tracing app will not be ready by a June 1 deadline.

Security minister James Brokenshire could only say the software, which detects which users have been in contact with people who have tested positive for the disease, will be available nationwide in the 'coming weeks'

A group of people enjoy the sweltering heat in London Fields, north east London on May 20, as temperatures rise across the UK

Beach-goers queue outside a take away doughnut restaurant on Southend beach as temperatures continue to soar across the country

People step outside and take a dip in the cool water in a park in east London as temperatures continue to rise across the country

In London, people decided to cool off in the waters of the River Lea on May 21 as temperatures rose to a sweltering 80F in some parts of the UK

A group of friends sunbathe in a park in east London as many Britons across the UK found a way around the loosened lockdown measures 

A woman swings on a tree branch before splashing into the water at a park in east London as many across the UK decided to take  advantage of the heat

Revellers take a deep in the River Lea in London today despite new figures showing coronavirus is still infecting an estimated 61,000 people a week

People enjoy the sweltering heat in a park in east London today as temperatures continue to rise across the country

Crowds of people enjoy the sunshine at Southend beach today as the UK begins to see its lockdown restrictions eased

A police officer walks past a doughnut stand on Southend beach as Britons across the country were seen flocking to the beach 

A group of friends enjoy the rising temperatures, which climbed to 80F, by having a splash in the water at a park in east London today 

A police car is parked on the sea front at Southend beach today as Britons continue to flock to the nation's many outdoor spaces

An aerial view of hundreds of people on the beach in Bournemouth today, as many took advantage of lockdown restrictions being loosened to allow sunbathing 

In cities such as London, people headed to parks in their droves to make the most of the sunny weather today (pictured is St James' Park) 

Brighton beach was also busy visitors, as temperatures hovered around 75F through the afternoon amid the continuing heatwave

Bournemouth was thronging with sun seekers this afternoon as the weather looked set to get cooler and wetter into the weekend 

Friends socialise on the promenade on May 20, 2020 in Southend, Essex, as the highest temperatures of the year hit the UK

Sun-seekers take to the beach at Durdle Door in Dorset despite the social distancing measures still in place across the UK

Two people sit on the Our artificial grass maintenance team uses our all natural TurFresh turf cleaner with BioS+ Technology to remove debris for proper drainage and protect your artificial turf from extensive odors. and look out to the  view of Lulworth Cove in Dorset as temperatures reach 80F in some parts of the UK

Camper vans and cars were seen lining the streets of Woolacombe in Devon today as thousands of Britons made trips to the coast 

People are pictured camping in Woolacombe as surfers head to the beach with temperatures soaring across the UK and certain lockdown rules still being in place 

Pictured: A tent in Woolacombe as campers hit the beach amid fears of people gathering in large numbers during the Covid-19 pandemic 

People are pictured on Southend beach in Essex as lockdown rules ease and the temperatures soar across the country 

The site of traffic filling up Woolacombe - pictured today - angered locals and led a councillor to declare that the town was 'not open'  

Sussex Police joined their counterparts in Devon Cornwall today to warn people not to crowd beauty spots like Birling Gap in the east of the county 

The contact tracing app is viewed as an integral part of the Government's planned 'test, track and trace' programme and experts do not believe the UK can return to normal life without the technology - currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight - being in place.