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