Major incident declared as people flock to England’s south coast

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Major incident declared as people flock to England’s south coast




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Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council says services are ‘completely overstretched’ as visitors defy advice to stay away

A major incident was declared after tens of thousands of people defied pleas to stay away and descended in their droves on beaches in Bournemouth and other stretches of the Dorset coast.

The local authority, BCP council – covering Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – said it was forced to instigate a multi-agency emergency response to tackle issues ranging from overcrowding on the beaches, traffic gridlock and violence. Security guards had to be used to protect refuse collection teams.

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