Photos show deserted East Devon – BUT sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and canoeists seen flouting lockdown laws in Sidmouth area

Police have been told about sunbathers, swimmers, surfers and canoeists flouting COVID-19 lockdown laws in the Sidmouth area.

The Beer Coastguard team over the last few days has been tasked to patrol the coast and beach car parks between Seaton and Jacob’s Ladder, at Sidmouth, supporting Devon and Cornwall Police.

Beer Coastguard said while some had ignored the lockdown, most people followed government advice and had stayed at home over the Easter bank holiday in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Terry Hoare, Beer Coastguard station manager, said: “The vast majority are following the Government guidelines.

“We have had to advise the police of a few situations where people were not following the guidelines.

“People have been sunbathing on the beach, swimming, surfing and canoeing, which are all against government advice.”

Mr Hoare said Beer Coastguard Rescue Team has been assisting partner agencies to provide mutual aid.

“These requests for mutual aid are managed on a case-by-case basis through operational, tactical and strategic cells with the national picture and operational availability in mind,” he said.

“Where HM Coastguard has the capability to achieve a desired effect it will assist other emergency responders and partner agencies, working together with them, to keep the public safe.”

Photographs taken by the Beer Coastguard team during patrols over the last few days show deserted beaches and beauty spots.

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Peak Hill, Sidmouth.
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Jacob’s Ladder and Peak Hill.
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Beer.
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Branscombe.
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Jacob’s Ladder.
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Peak Hill car park.
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View of Peak Hill.
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Seaton.
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Seaton seafront.
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Weston car park.
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Beer.
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Sidmouth. Photo: Beer Coastguard.

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Sidmouth.
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Branscombe car park.
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Seaton.
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Sidmouth seafront.
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Jacob’s Ladder.
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Branscombe beach car park.
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