Family rescued after breaching lockdown to camp on cliff edge

A child and two adults had to be rescued after they went camping on a cliff edge despite the public being told to stay at home.

The family had pitched up at the side of a cliff in the North York Moors. The Coastguard was called in after the tent was spotted close to the edge of a steep cliff.

Teams from Staithes and Whitby found the family inside the tent on the Cleveland Way stretch of the coast line and issued them with ‘safety advice due to the dangerous location’.

North Yorkshire Police attended as the Coastguard believed the family had broken Covid-19 restrictions by travelling to the beauty spot and setting up camp.

It is not yet known whether the family were issued with any fixed penalty notices.

A spokesperson from Staithes Coastguard said: ‘Safety advice was given from Coastguard Rescue Officers due to the dangerous location of their tent, especially with recent landslips.

‘If walking the Cleveland Way please stay on designated footpaths.

‘If you see anyone at risk or in danger at the coast, immediately call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

Overnight stays outside of your household are illegal under England’s national lockdown restrictions. They are only permitted for essential reasons.

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