Tourists are failing to heed warnings to stay away from Staffordshire’s Peak District hotspots if they become too busy to stick to social distancing rules.
Photos show long lines of parked cars, piles of rubbish and burnt cars as families make the most of the hot weather after lockdown restrictions were eased.
Now Chief Inspector Mark Thorley has reiterated calls for people not cause unnecessary distress to the local community’ by all flooding to popular destinations like the Manifold Valley, The Roaches and Dovedale this Bank Holiday weekend.
Similar scenes have also been seen at Stoke-on-Trent’s beauty spots with youths gathering to smoke weed and play music.
Chf Insp Thorley said: “A number of issues were raised last weekend with many coming for a day out in the Moorlands. I am working with partners to make sure this weekend is safe for those coming whilst not causing unnecessary distress to the local community. There are few car parks and no toilets!”
In the Manifold Valley a huge amount of litter and charred barbecues were left behind by visitors last weekend.
And in Butterton, is one of gateways to the Manifold Valley, families were seen using a play area by village hall and having picnics on the benches.
Maggie Risby, clerk of Butterton Parish Council, said: “Things went absolutely mad here in the Moorlands last weekend. It was horrendous. We had an influx of visitors at the play area at Butterton Village Hall.
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“The equipment is not sanitised. We have now had to put up notices and padlock the gates.
“People in the village have tried so hard to abide by the rules, but people coming in and using the equipment could pass on the virus and ruin everything.
“Two parishioners did a litter pick in the Manifold Valley where lots of litter was left.
“Cars were parked along the Manifold Valley near Thor’s Cave.
“Emergency vehicles couldn’t get through in some places because of badly parked cars.
“Dovedale was also horrendous.”