Police were called after reports a huge group of surfers arrived at a beach.
It was reported that around 100 surfers had descended on a Cornish beach, which prompted calls to to Devon and Cornwall Police about potential Covid-19 breaches.
Devon and Cornwall Police were alerted at around 9am today (January 23) after cars were reportedly arriving at Perranuthnoe beach car park – a short distance from St Michael’s Mount – with hordes of surfers racing down to the water’s edge.
The Force Information Manager (FIM) said a number of calls were received about possible breaches of the Covid regulations and units were sent to investigate.
The FIM said: “We have attended and there are in excess of 50 vehicles in the Perranuthnoe beach car park. It’s a small car park – there’s one way in and one way out.
“Registration numbers have been taken and quite a lot of the vehicles are registered locally, so it’s possible they are local resident out as part of their exercise.
“Local officers are currently on the scene giving words of advice to surfers as they return to their cars.
“However, quite a few cars appear to be from out of the force area.
“The local council has been informed as well and they are liaising with police at this time.
“Local police units are at the scene at the moment and will be waiting for the occupants of the cars to return to their vehicles, either to offer proactive advice or enforcement, depending on the circumstances.”
The FIM added that the surf was understood to be “high” between 12.30pm to 2pm and as a result officers would remain at the location until the surfers returned.
“We started getting calls about the matter first thing this morning,” the FIM added.
“Evidently, people became aware it was meant to be ideal surf conditions and headed to this beach.”
The news follows an angry complaint from a resident in Downderry, south east Cornwall, who reported seeing 17 surfers on Friday morning.
The resident – who has asked not to be identified – snapped a photo while out on a walk and said she was furious at the sight adding: “I doubt we even have 17 surfers in Downderry at the best of times, so to see them all groups together during a lockdown is irresponsible.
“I’ve lived her for many years and you rarely see that many in one go as it is.
“When we do, you get all the vans coming down the road, so we’re pretty convinced it’s a load of second homeowners who have come here during lockdown.
“During the first lockdown we saw lots of large vehicles arrive in the village, shortly followed by numerous supermarket deliveries from stores like Waitrose.
“One place even had the delivery of a chest freezer – in the first week or two of the lockdown. A sign went up in the local shop at one point saying ‘no second-homeowners’ but it was quickly removed.
“Our postie even said they were extra busy during the first lockdown delivering letters to properties which hadn’t had any post all winter – much of it being redirected from places like London.
“It’s just so infuriating to see. We’re having to stay home and stick to the rules and there’s a lot of elderly and vulnerable people who live in the village all year round – and then these people turn up without a care in the world.”