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Crowds flock to beaches and train stations ahead of lockdown easing

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Police forces have issued warnings not to visit popular beaches and beauty spots as lockdown restrictions are eased from Monday.

Weekend revellers have flocked to beaches and train stations to enjoy the sunny weather ahead of lockdown restrictions being eased on Monday.

Hundreds swarmed to popular beaches, and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) complained that “mixed messages” from the Government has caused travel chaos.

Many people enjoyed the sunny weather on the coast by Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset, despite police forces urging the public to “think twice” before travelling to crowded spots.

Southend-on-Sea
People enjoying the good weather on the beach at Southend-on-Sea (PA)

“As the country continues to fight Covid-19 and keep the R rate (an infection measure) down, the public is being asked to take responsibility for their actions and do the right thing to avoid spreading the virus and reduce the impact on local communities.”

Similar scenes were also spotted at Bournemouth Beach, nearby Bournemouth train station, which RMT union leaders described as “the eye of the storm”.

Durdle Door
People make their way to the beach at Durdle Door, near Lulworth in Dorset (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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“This is on Boris Johnson and he cannot shirk responsibility.

“RMT has warned that lifting the lockdown too quickly would soon result in chaos on our transport services, and here you have it.

“This union will take whatever action is required to protect the health, safety and livelihoods of our members.”

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