A major incident has been declared after thousands of people flocked to beaches on the south coast of England during this week’s hot weather.
Scorching temperatures saw the mercury rise to 30 in parts of the UK before midday today.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council said services were “completely overstretched” as huge numbers of visitors defied advice to stay away.
Council leader Vikki Slade said: “We are absolutely appalled at the scenes witnessed on our beaches, particularly at Bournemouth and Sandbanks, in the last 24-48 hours.
“The irresponsible behaviour and actions of so many people is just shocking and our services are stretched to the absolute hilt trying to keep everyone safe. We have had no choice now but to declare a major incident and initiate an emergency response.”
The council said 558 parking enforcement fines had been issued – the highest on record.
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