Hundreds ignore Covid regulations for a day out at icy beauty spot

Police have slammed drivers who ignored Covid regulations for a day out at an icy Lancashire beauty spot.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 10:12 am
Drivers were warned to stay away, yet they arrived in their hundreds (Photo: Bolton Mountain Rescue Team)..

Hundreds of vehicles made a treacherous trek up to Rivington Moor over the weekend in contravention of Tier 4 regulations.

And they added to chaos on the icy roads leading up to the area which is popular with day trippers.

Lancashire Police and Mountain Rescue Teams urged people not to make the trip due to the wintry conditions - at least six people had to be rescued after suffering injuries in falls or sledging accidents.

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Those who did were given an icy blast from a police spokesman today who said: "We are appalled and hugely disappointed with the blatant breaches of the Covid rules and regulations today.

"The area is massively busy with thousands of vehicles visiting the area. We have conducted a sample 25 PNC checks on cars in the area and our findings are that over 90 per cent are from out of the area. Cars from as far away as Liverpool, Sale, Southport, Radcliffe and Worsley are in the area.

"This is a blatant breach of Covid regulations which state that under current restrictions you must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse.

"If you need to travel you should stay local - meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or city where you live.

"We are appealing to people to stick to the guidelines and use some common sense. We are in the midst of a national pandemic and gatherings of this nature will undoubtedly lead to a national rise in Covid cases.

"Fines will be forthcoming if this continues."

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