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Merseyside Police is asking people to consider using public transport when visiting the beaches around Formby and Ainsdale during the summer.

This follows several incidents of careless and dangerous parking in the area during the recent sunny weather.

On the weekend of 8 and 9 June 2013, police received a variety of reports from residents about the issue, particularly around Formby.

Both the National Trust and Sefton council car parks in the area had become full early in the day and many visitors then resorted to parking in residential roads.

Officers working with National Trust rangers had to advise many people to move their cars as their parking was posing a risk to pedestrians and other drivers.

Some of the cars were also parked across residents drives, making it impossible for them to get their own cars out.

Inspector Nigel Stewart said: “We know how people like to enjoy the beaches of Formby and Ainsdale in the good weather and we encourage that.

“But parking is limited in both areas and it really is worth people considering coming by train to avoid the risk of parking fines or fixed penalty notices.

“We ask all drivers to respect residents in the area and make sure that, if they must bring the car, they park in a safe and legal place.”

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