By Darren Boyle for MailOnline
Published: 01:59 BST, 8 May 2020 | Updated: 07:06 BST, 8 May 2020
Police are concerned a planned easing of lockdown rules next week will make it difficult to enforce this weekend's bank holiday.
Several forces have faced criticism about the way they have reacted to the government's lockdown.
Now, police fear the dilution of the stay at home message combined with predicted good weather and the bank holiday weekend will see a surge of people heading to beaches and other Beauty spots.
Police officers have been enforcing lockdown rules by moving on sunbathers who have been enjoying the good weather in parks around the country
With good weather predicted this weekend, officers fear they will be seen as villains for upholding the law
One officer said: 'We are being asked to enforce the lockdown and we are going to be painted as villains once again when we stop people enjoying the sunshine and having VE Day parties with their neighbours'
One officer told The Times: 'There is a certain amount of trepidation and frustration ahead of the weekend.
'We have always said we need a clear and consistent message from government to the public but there is now a view that things are being relaxed. A lot of people seem to have decided that it is all over.
'We are being asked to enforce the lockdown and we are going to be painted as villains once again when we stop people enjoying the sunshine and having VE Day parties with their neighbours.'sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read