A mum who drove 56 miles to the beach to celebrate her son's birthday during lockdown defiantly claims she did nothing wrong.

Laura McGhee insisted she "didn't think there was any harm" as she defended her 56 mile trip from Oldham, Greater Manchester to Formby Beach in Merseyside.

She told Good Morning Britain: "He's only four so I'm not doing another birthday in lockdown."

Pointing to her kids, she added: "We've done it with him, we've done it with him, and all he wanted to do was to come to the beach and I didn't think there was any harm.

Hundreds of cars were turned away from Formby Beach for breaching lockdown regulations

"We drove here, we're not around anybody, we all go to school together, we all live together. So this is what we've done."

Police in the coastal town have issued several appeals for people not to travel to the beach. Many were turned away over the weekend as Brits tried to take advantage of the improved weather.

More than 100 cars were forced to make a U-turn for breaching coronavirus lockdown regulations, with around 20 people being handed £200 fines each.

Superintendent Graeme Robson, of Merseyside Police, slammed those who decided to break lockdown rules.

He said: "This is totally unacceptable and shows a complete disregard for the government guidance, which is in place to protect not only ourselves but others around us.

"To flagrantly flout the rules in this way is not only reckless and irresponsible but can result in a substantial fine, as we have seen today."

People travelled to the beach from as far away as Leeds, West Yorkshire, and Greater Manchester

The current national lockdown tells people not to travel outside of their local area unless it is absolutely necessary.

Fines for breaking lockdown rules in England start at £200.