People urged not to travel to beauty spots this weekend due to pandemic

Police are again urging people not to travel to beauty spots in North Staffordshire this coming weekend.

Sunny weather is expected over the coming days – leading to concerns people may ignore restrictions on movement to travel to rural areas of the county.

On Twitter this morning Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, of the Staffordshire Moorlands neighbourhood policing team, said:  “Please don’t travel to rural areas or country parks this weekend if the sun comes out.

“The car parks are closed and the pulling in points will quickly become places where social distancing will be difficult. Stay at home keep us all safe.”

The latest Met Office weather forecast for the West Midlands region on Saturday states:  “A fine and bright morning for most, though patchy cloud will bubble up through the afternoon accompanied by a strengthening breeze. Feeling much warmer than Friday. Maximum temperature 13 °C.

“Sunday looks to be mostly dry and breezy with sunny spells. Monday should see some heavy showers at times and be breezy. Potentially more settled by Tuesday.”

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Staffordshire Police have repeatedly asked people not to travel to beauty spots including the Roaches and Cannock Chase due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Groups from as far away as Nottingham have been reported in the Roaches since Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced the latest restrictions last Monday as the country gets to grip with the coronavirus.

Car parks at beauty spots across the county are currently closed.

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