Drivers are fined as they flock to beaches and spots

Police turned away hundreds of cars from spots this weekend and broke up a party after revellers travelled 120 miles to attend - while in London a woman was stopped and quizzed by officers after going to buy coffee two miles from her home. 

Merseyside Police turned away more than 100 cars from Formby Beach and handed out 20 fines, while at Dovestone Reservoir near Oldham visitors were hit with penalty notices for parking on the pavement. 

Video shot in London on Saturday showed a woman shouting at police that 'it's not a crime to stand in the street'. The woman claimed she was put in handcuffs after being confronted by four officers. 

Footage shows the woman telling officers that she lived 'two miles away' in Battersea, south west London, and had joined a friend and their 13-year-old son for a walk. 

It comes as plunging infection figures, the success of the vaccine rollout and lockdown weariness among Britons have left police struggling to enforce the Covid restrictions.

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Video shot in London on Saturday showed a woman shouting at police that 'it's not a crime to stand in the street'

The woman claimed she was put in handcuffs after being confronted by four officers

Video shot in London on Saturday showed a woman shouting at police that 'it's not a crime to stand in the street'. The woman claimed she was put in handcuffs after being confronted by four officers

Merseyside Police turned away more than 100 cars from Formby Beach on Sunday and handed out 20 fines

Merseyside Police turned away more than 100 cars from Formby Beach on Sunday and handed out 20 fines 

Hundreds of cars were turned away from Formby Beach in Merseyside on Sunday (pictured are vehicles crowding on a road near the spot)

Hundreds of cars were turned away from Formby Beach in Merseyside on Sunday (pictured are vehicles crowding on a road near the spot) 

A parking warden handing out a fine to a car parked on the pavement by Dovestone Reservoir in Oldham

A parking warden handing out a fine to a car parked on the pavement by Dovestone Reservoir in Oldham

The woman shouted: 'It's not a crime to stand in a street - I'm social distancing - when I go in the shop, I had a mask. We've come from two miles away - two miles away.'

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One of the officers responds: 'We've explained it to you - it's not legal to come from Battersea.'

The friend then turned to passers-by and said: 'Everyone, if you don't live in the area, you're not allowed to be here. It's against the law. I come from Battersea, two miles away, and they're saying I can't be here. This is the state of the law, and this country.' 

Meanwhile, Merseyside Police Superintendent Graeme Robson said the 'good weather' had seen a dramatic rise in visitors to Formby beach, with some coming from as far afield as Leeds, Manchester and Stockport. 

'It is quite frankly astounding,' he said.

Lockdown revellers turn ancient ice cave into a party hotspot  

An ancient Ice Age cave has been put at risk after being turned into a BBQ and party hotspot during lockdown.

Ash Hole Cavern has been home to Roman artefacts, prehistoric animal bones, and unique geological formations.

But now, the cave in Brixham, Devon, is being used by people flouting lockdown rules to meet up with friends.

Archaeologist Darren Murray is campaigning for cave owner Torbay Council to erect gates at the area to protect the site.

He said: 'It is historical important and it needs protecting so that when archaeologists do get in there, no more damage has been done.' 

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