Beachgoers head for Studland after Sandbanks closed

Car park closed by police car
Photo: Poole Police

Poole Police has announced that the car park at Sandbanks has been closed, and they have urged the public to stay away.

The news comes after beaches were packed, and a major incident was declared. At the same time, a man was found unconscious in the water on 24th June, while another was in distress.

With more than 500,000 people heading for Bournemouth and Sandbanks closed, beachgoers have been taking the ferry to Studland, where the National Trust car park and road leading to it have turned into a nearly endless line of parked cars.

At several points along Ferry Road, it was single car width only. If a serious incident happened emergency service would really struggle along there. Please think before you park.

Swanage Fire Station
Cars parked at Studland
Photo: Swanage Fire Station

We are absolutely appalled at the scenes witnessed on our beaches, particularly at Bournemouth and Sandbanks, in the last 24-48 hours.

The irresponsible behaviour and actions of so many people is just shocking and our services are stretched to the absolute hilt trying to keep everyone safe. We have had no choice now but to declare a major incident and initiate an emergency response.

Vikki Slade, BCP Council Leader

Swanage Fire Station, who was receiving regular reports of barbecues and campfires in Studland, said:

Lots of people are still having barbecues and were politely asked to extinguish them, which everyone did without any hassle. The ground and grassland is still very dry at the moment. There’s a risk of a few showers over the next few days but that will do little to dampen the dry conditions.

Swanage Fire Station
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