Action is being taken to keep Sefton’s coast safe for residents and visitors over the Bank Holiday.

Operation Beachsafe partners are working together to prevent anti-social behaviour, excessive drinking, deliberate fires, litter and pollution along the coastline this summer.

Merseyside Police is urging people to act responsibly over the Bank Holiday and said the coast will be robustly policed over the weekend. Anyone caught drinking in the alcohol-free zones in Formby and Freshfield beachfront areas will have the alcohol seized.

Visitors parking near the beaches are also urged to ensure cars are locked, to remove any valuables or at least keep them out of sight.

Formby Neighbourhood Police Inspector Jim Atherton said: “Merseyside Police have plans in place for additional resources for this Bank Holiday weekend. We hope that everyone who comes enjoys the beautiful area and respects the environment and local community.”

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service quad bikes have been patrolling the beaches this summer. There have been less deliberate fires near beaches this year however firefighters attended two camp fires on Blundell Avenue in Formby and the other on Alexander Road, in Formby, in recent weeks.

The Service is reminding people that barbecues and camp fires are not allowed on Ainsdale or Formby beaches, dunes or Formby pinewoods.

Rob Pritchard, Sefton District Manager, said: “I am extremely pleased about the way all of the agencies involved with Operation Beachsafe have come together again to make the coastline and wild places safer for residents, visitors and the wildlife. The outcomes so far are excellent and my teams will continue to make Sefton safer through the Summer.”

Sefton Council’s Coast and Countryside Service has referred over 460 incidents to Merseyside Police in relation to anti-social behaviour, since April.

Gordon White, Sefton Council’s Coast and Countryside Officer, said: “The majority of this anti-social behaviour has related to driving issues around Ainsdale beach and some on Southport beach.

“If the weather is good and Sefton has a large influx of visitors Operation Beachsafe partners have plans in place to ensure people enjoy their visit in a safe manner.

“We want everyone to enjoy our fantastic beaches but please remember to take your rubbish home with you.”

Formby beach and pinewoods are popular with families and the National Trust Rangers are promoting a series of activities to get children active outdoors.

Andrew Brockbank, National Trust Countryside Manager, said: “National Trust and the Beachsafe partners are asking visitors to bring a picnic instead of using barbecues. This will help prevent fires in the woods and dunes and protect other visitors from stepping on sharp metal or hot coals.”

The partners involved in Operation Beachsafe include Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Merseyside Police, Sefton Council, Sefton Council’s Coast and Countryside Service, National Trust, RNLI, councillors and parish councillors, who are working together to keep people safe on the beach, dune and woodland areas this summer.

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