Walkers who drove from Kingswear and Torquay to Brixham have been given a slap on the wrist by police and council officers who patrolled beauty spots.

The team of PCSOs and a council Covid Compliance Officer praised most local people seen exercising and walking their dogs.

But they highlighted walkers who had driven to the beauty spot which they said was “not in the spirit of the Covid legislation”.

They also repeated a strong warning to parents after a group of youths were given advice that meeting socially outside with friends is not allowed in the National Lockdown. They said parents will be fined. Earlier they said young people were congregating in Battery Gardens.

In the latest warning Brixham Police said on Facebook: “A couple from Kingswear and a lady from Torquay were spoken to and advised that driving to Brixham rather than utilising the many beauty spots in their local vicinity was not in the spirit of the Covid legislation.”

The South West Coast Path from Berry Head to Kingswear is a popular walkers route.

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Police said in a statement: “Today PCSOs Seaman and Copik conducted Covid visits at business premises in Brixham with Matt Redmond, Covid Compliance Officer from Torbay Council.

“No major issues were found as businesses were found to be doing their best managing the restrictions. Advice was issued to some premises in how they can improve their compliance further.

“Local beauty spots were also patrolled. On the whole only local people were seen exercising or walking their dogs.

“However, a couple from Kingswear and a lady from Torquay were spoken to and advised that driving to Brixham rather than utilising the many beauty spots in their local vicinity was not in the spirit of the Covid legislation.

“A group of youths were also advised that meeting socially outside with friends is not allowed in the National Lockdown. As we advised yesterday, parents need to be mindful of what their children are doing. If fines are issued, it will be parents paying and not their offspring.”

Devon and Cornwall Police added: “If you have any questions with regards to the restrictions, please follow the link below to the Frequently Asked Questions Page on our website.

“Please also check out the latest news on the Gov UK website

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