Land and car parks at beauty spots across Lancashire have been closed ahead of the Easter weekend in a bid to stop people travelling unnecessarily amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Police have teamed up with landowners like United Utilities, local councils and Greater Manchester Police.

Some sites, like Rivington Pike, land will be closed off to visitors alongside the car park closure.

Superintendent Karen Edwards said “Over the last few days my officers have had some issues with people coming to the area, to visit rural areas in Lancashire, which is not in the spirit of the legislation.

"I want to support the local community around places such as Rivington and beauty spots and urge people to make themselves aware of government information relating to the National Emergency.

"It is everyone’s responsibility to do all they can to keep themselves safe but also others.

“If excessive numbers of people visit rural areas it is impossible to maintain social distancing. This increases the risk of infection, in particular to vulnerable people in our communities. We are working hard with our communities and partners to help people understand the rules and guidelines and why they are important.”

People should only leave the house for very limited purposes: