Sun worshipers flock to coastal hotspots in the West Country in numbers that traffic controllers are said to run out of TICKETS.
Several routes to Devon beaches have become congested with traffic with roads described as ‘exceptionally busy’.
Police say several beach car parks had to be closed as people flocked to the coast to take advantage of the hottest day of the year.
Warnings had been issued urging people to stay away despite lifting the lockdown restrictions.
But the actions of those who traveled down were described by the locals as ‘selfish’
Charmain Lovett tweeted: “Thanks @BorisJohnson and @GOVUK for throwing North Devon under a bus.
“We have 8 ICU beds in North Devon and everyone comes here en masse for their holidays.”
Officers had warned visitors attempting to access North Devon that there are no toilets or facilities near the beaches and urged people to return if safer.
An officer tweeted: “Every double yellow line from Woolacombe to Morthoe is covered with cars and vans.
“Cars that install sidewalks to make ends meet while pedestrians try to cross the road. All offenses have been recorded and will be resolved in due course.”
Barnstaple police tweeted: “Traffic controllers are running out of tickets. Don’t leave your cars because rescue vehicles can’t get out. They’re being towed.
“Traffic to the beaches of North Devon is exceptionally busy. The beach car parks are now closed to new traffic … please avoid the area.”