HM Coastguard has hit out at people who are "still going to the beach" and  ignoring Government advice and urged them to 'stay home' to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

On Monday night (March 23) Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown measures, which included ordering non-essential shops are to close and banning gatherings of more than two people.

But, HM Coastguard said it has received a number of calls from the public who have reported that people are still going to beaches across the UK.

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Pete Mizen, assistant director for HM Coastguard, said: “The rules are very simple and can be found on the Government website. Stay at home.

“The risk of spreading Coronavirus is huge and while you might be okay, the person you give it to may not. And if you get into trouble and have to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, you’re then putting frontline emergency responders at risk of COVID-19 too.

“At this time of the year the beaches aren’t lifeguarded which is a double risk to you and our emergency responders. Help us to help you. Stay at home.”