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Campervans caught staying overnight along Cornish coast

Campervans caught staying overnight along Cornish coast

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:53am 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 12:57pm 22nd May 2020)

People have been caught staying overnight in campervans at various places along the north coast of Cornwall.

Dozens were spotted camping at Perranporth and across other coastal towns and villages on Wednesday night.

Truro and Falmouth's MP,  Cherilyn Mackrory, has slammed people's behaviour and issued a stern warning to those who have been breaking the lockdown rules.

“Earlier today it was brought to my attention that there were a number of caravans and camper vans that were parked up and stayed overnight last night on the north coast - particularly in Perranporth.”

“Let me be clear, this is not on. These people are breaking lockdown rules which prohibit overnight stays away from your primary residence and the police have powers to fine them and send them home.”

“My message to you is this. This irresponsible and dangerous behaviour risks the health and wellbeing of our coastal communities with a second peak of COVID-19.”

“You might have come down to catch a wave on our north coast but what you are doing is risking a dangerous second wave of COVID-19 that could be life threatening for you and the people in the places you are visiting.”

“Go home now and come back later, when it is safe to do so.”

Cherilyn Mackrory, MP for Truro and Falmouth

The MP has since spoken with both the Prime Minister’s Office and the local police here in Cornwall to highlight the issue of overnight stayers, which goes against government guidance.

What to do if you spot overnight campers in Cornwall:

If you know of any vehicles that are being stayed in over-night, please tell the police at 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

You can contact Cherilyn at cherilyn.mackrory.mp@parliament.uk  to let her know what areas they are staying in so that she can follow it up with the police and the Prime Minister’s Office. 

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