Health official urges people not to flock to ‘heaving’ Blackpool

Footage shows crowded scenes hours after town was excluded from Covid restrictions

A senior health official has urged people not to flock to Blackpool “just because you can”, after huge crowds descended on the seaside resort over the weekend.

Day-trippers said they had “never seen Blackpool so busy” on Saturday as people poured into the town hours after it was excluded from new coronavirus restrictions, which apply to most of north-west England.

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